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Let's Talk Turkey

Americans will cook and eat over 675 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day. However, the turkey we consume does not look like the wild turkey the American Indians hunted as far back as 1000 A.D.

Wild turkeys live in the woods spending their days foraging for acorns, seeds, small insects and wild berries. They have slim, sleek bodies and are able to fly. At night, the wild turkey will roost up in a tree safe from his predators. Domestic or tame turkeys are raised on farms. Most often a farm turkey grows to twice the weight of a wild turkey making them too plump and heavy to fly but making them perfect for a holiday dinner table!

Did you know?

  • Turkeys have 157 bones and an estimated 3,500 feathers
  • The Turkey Trot dance was named for the short, jerky steps a turkey makes
  • Benjamin Franklin thought the turkey, not the bald eagle, should be our national symbol
  • Big Bird’s costume is made from 4000 white turkey feathers dyed yellow


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