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Just before the holidays, people wait in line for hours to buy all-natural turkeys at the Willie Bird ranch in Sonoma County, California. These legendary birds are among the world's best: extraordinarily juicy, succulent and flavorful. They’re raised on a tasty natural diet and allowed to roam freely on the golden, oak-shaded hills. The coveted turkeys are shipped directly to you directly from the farm – no standing in line required!

  • Shipped fresh to arrive chilled; will keep for up to 7 days refrigerated.
  • Quantities are limited; preorder yours today for automatic Thanksgiving or Christmas delivery.
  • For Thanksgiving Delivery, order by November 22, 2019, 11:59pm PT, for delivery on November 26–27.
  • For Christmas Delivery, order by December 20, 2019, 9:00pm PT, for delivery on December 24.
  • Please note: Once an order has been placed, no updates can be made to the shipping address.
  • Made in USA.
Dimensions & More Info
  • Approx. 10–12 lb. (serves approx. 8–10)
  • Approx. 12–14 lb. (serves approx. 9–11)
  • Approx. 14–16 lb. (serves approx. 11–13)
  • Approx. 16–18 lb. (serves approx. 13–14)
  • Approx. 18–20 lb. (serves approx. 14–16)
  • Approx. 20–22 lb. (serves approx. 16–18)
  • Approx. 24–26 lb. (serves approx. 19–21)
  • Giblets are included.
Use & Care

Receiving Instructions

  • Your turkey was shipped fresh with ice packs to arrive chilled. Refrigerate or freeze the turkey, still in the vacuum-sealed bag, immediately upon receipt; it keeps 7 days refrigerated and up to 3 months frozen. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator 1 hour before roasting and remove it from the bag. Do not leave the turkey at room temperature longer than 1 hour.


Roasting an Unstuffed Turkey

  • A turkey is easier to prepare and roasts more evenly and faster if left unstuffed; the stuffing can be baked separately. The times listed below are calculated for an unstuffed turkey. Bring the bird to room temperature. Place it, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan and roast at 400°F for 30 minutes. Then reduce the oven temperature to 325°F and continue roasting until done. Allow 13 to 15 minutes per pound.

Turkey Weight Approximate Roasting Time

  • 10 to 12 lb. – 2 1/4 to 3 hours
  • 12 to 14 lb. – 2 3/4 to 3 1/4 hours
  • 14 to 16 lb. – 3 to 3 3/4 hours
  • 16 to 18 lb. – 3 1/4 to 4 hours
  • 18 to 20 lb. – 3 1/2 to 4 1/4 hours
  • 20 to 22 lb. – 3 3/4 to 4 1/2 hours
  • 24 to 26 lb. – 4 to 4 3/4 hours

Roasting a Stuffed Turkey

  • Stuff the turkey just before putting it in the oven (do not stuff it earlier). Spoon the dressing loosely into the body and neck cavities. Do not overfill, as the dressing will expand during roasting. Truss the turkey. To facilitate removing the stuffing, first line the inside of the cavity with a double layer of cheesecloth, allowing it to extend beyond the cavity by a few inches. Then spoon the stuffing inside. After roasting the bird, gently pull the overhanging cheesecloth and the stuffing will slip out easily, neatly tucked inside the cheesecloth. To ensure that a stuffed turkey cooks evenly, roast the bird slowly, breast side up, at 325°F, covering the breast loosely with foil for the first two-thirds of the roasting time. Using the chart at left, add about 30 minutes to the total cooking time for stuffed birds weighing 16 lb. or less, and about 1 hour for birds weighing more than 16 lb.

Testing for Doneness

  • The breast and thighs must reach different internal temperatures for ideal doneness. The breast should register 165°F and the thigh, 175°F. Begin testing for doneness 30 minutes to 1 hour before the total roasting time is reached. To test the breast using an instant-read thermometer, insert it into the meatiest part, several inches above the wings.To test the thigh, insert the instant-read thermometer alongside the opening of the main cavity underneath the drumstick, away from the bone. This is the meatiest part of the thigh.

Roasting Tips

  • The turkey will continue to cook internally after you remove it from the oven, so you may take it out when the thermometer registers 3°F to 4°F below the minimum temperature. Then cover the bird loosely with aluminum foil. If roasting a stuffed bird, be sure the stuffing reaches 165°F. After taking the turkey out of the oven, let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes. This allows time for some of the juices to be absorbed back into the meat, which makes it easier to carve and more moist. If roasting a stuffed bird, remove all of the stuffing at serving time.

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Shipping Information

To ensure freshness, this item is shipped overnight from the supplier and is not eligible for rush shipping. We do not ship perishable items outside the contiguous 48 states or P.O. Boxes.

  • For Thanksgiving delivery, order by 11:59PM PT, Friday, November 22 to arrive November 26-27.
  • For Christmas delivery, order by 9:00PM PT, Sunday, December 15 to arrive December 24.

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About Willie Bird Turkeys

The Benedetti family started raising turkeys in Northern California’s Sonoma County back in 1948. In 1963, Willie Benedetti developed the formula for the now-famous Willie Bird Turkey, which the family raises in the rolling, oak-studded hills just east of Santa Rosa. The birds roam freely around the grassy acreage, tended and nurtured by Willie, his brother Riley and their cousin Rocky Koch.  The best we’ve tasted, Willie-Bird free-range turkeys are raised with care, fed only the best natural grains and vegetable proteins, and never treated with hormones or antibiotics.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Turkey - EVER! Moist and tasty turkey - husband said it was the best turkey he ever had!
    Date published: 2019-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'll buy a Willie Bird again! First time i bought this turkey for Thanksgiving, the perfect turkey, i seasoned it and brined it using the Williams Sonoma brining bags. It came out amazing when i cooked it. I'll buy it again for sure!
    Date published: 2018-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like free range I am always concerned about the quality of life relating to the food we eat. I think it is great that this ranch has free range turkeys that I can buy for my family. It was purchased for Thanksgiving and tasted great. Very moist.
    Date published: 2017-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best there is, always fresh and delicious I have been ordering the Willie Bird for many years. Shipping is reliable and fast, and even in the hot San Diego climate, the ice packs keep it cool and fresh. The product and taste are far superior to any of its supermarket cousins.
    Date published: 2017-11-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Overpriced The bird arrived well packaged and insulated on time as promised. Other than the convinience factor, It was “ OK.” The flavor was different,and was quite salty since 1-2 hours later we were all guzzling water to drink. I cooked it on an oven bag yet it seemed a bit drier than the usual Butterballs I purchase. 6 of us ate it and 4 thought it was fine, 2 thought it was subpar. For a $40 saving next year I’m going back to Butterball.
    Date published: 2017-11-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best decision ever! My traditional way of getting my free range natural turkey in past years was to order in advance @ a local farm. In the days prior to Thanksgving I would be forced to wait on a crazy line and deal with parking that could not accommodate the demand! This year I ordered a Wille Bird delivered to my home! Imagine? I have to say it was absolutely delicious...possibly better than the local part is how easy it was ! Directions that were provided were perfect. Thank you for helping host a fabulous Thanksgivng dinner. Well worth it!
    Date published: 2016-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth delivery process / quality turkey Unless you have an arrangement with a local turkey farm, I recommend this service hands down. A quality turkey is what's going to separate your dinner from the next; friends of mine actually said they preferred the taste of my turkey over others they had elsewhere, and I did nothing special - just rubbed the outside with some salt and pepper.
    Date published: 2016-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best turkey ever I have been buying Willie Birds from William Sonoma for many years. I feel that there is no better turkeys and William Sonoma makes purchasing very easy. If you like fresh turkey I highly recommend Willie Birds.
    Date published: 2016-11-06
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  • We want to cook our turkey in the Big Green Egg this year. Any special instructions? Should we buy the pre brined turkey?

    Asked by: Denise
    Hi Denise, Apologies for the delayed response. We are sold out of the pre-brined turkeys but our merchant always recommend brining a turkey. Here are instructions from the Big Green Egg website regarding how to roast the perfect turkey in the Big Green Egg: Ingredients: 1 turkey, cleaned thoroughly Big Green Egg Savory Pecan Seasoning 1 whole onion cut in half 1 stalk celery 2 cups chicken broth, wine or water Instructions Set the EGG up for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 325°F/163°C. Use a handful of pecan chips for a light, smoky flavor and to provide a deep brown color to the turkey. Spread the Savory Pecan Seasoning generously over the outside of the bird. Load the bird onto a Vertical Poultry Roaster or Rib and Roasting Rack, then place into a drip pan. Add the onion and celery to the drip pan. Fill the pan with chicken broth, wine, or water. Cook for approximately 10 minutes per pound until the turkey has reached a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F/74°C throughout the product. Reserve the drippings from the drip pan to make gravy.
    Answered by: Williams Sonoma
    Date published: 2019-11-22

    Can you freeze the bird to cook later?

    Asked by: Mama Mangia
    Hi Mama Mangia - Your turkey will be shipped fresh with ice packs to arrive chilled. Refrigerate or freeze the turkey, still in the vacuum-sealed bag, immediately upon receipt; it keeps 7 days refrigerated and up to 3 months frozen. Remove the turkey from the refrigerator 1 hour before roasting and remove it from the bag. Do not leave the turkey at room temperature longer than 1 hour. You can find all sorts of helpful information about preparing your Turkey under the Use & Care tab above. Thank you!
    Answered by: Williams Sonoma
    Date published: 2018-11-03

    We just found out that our daughter has advanced Celiac disease. Are any of your turkeys certiygluten free?

    Asked by: stephsimmont
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