I did 18 turkeys last year for thanksgiving. I had people sign up for a bird and pre pay for it. I also asked them when they wanted it by ( some familys celebrate on Fri or Sat instead of Thu.). I charged $35 for a 10lb to 12lb avg. bird. I bought all my birds at my local grocery store when they went on sale, avg cost was $10.50.
I smoked my turkeys one to three days ahead of when they were going to be picked up. I put the finished bird in a disposable aluminum pan and covered it with foil. I included an instruction sheet on how to warm up the turkey before serving : 350 deg oven for 45 min. before serving. Or can be eaten cold as bird is fully cooked and ready to eat.
I never had more than 3 finished birds in my fridge at one time due to the schedule that people picked them up.
I also threw in a recipe for an orange, cranberry, jelapeno sauce to use on leftover turkey sandwiches.
They went over realy well.
Some people are like Slinkys, they are good for nothing but can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
Down to one lonely ol' Bandera.