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Turkey Talk

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Turkey Talk
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Dixie Allan

Interesting facts About Turkeys

  • Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.
  • Ben Franklin liked the Turkey so much he thought it should be the official bird of the United States.
  • The turkey is the only native poultry breed of the Western Hemisphere.
  • Turkeys were one of the first animals in the Americas to be domesticated.
  • A male turkey is a tom, a female is a hen and babies are called poults. A Group of turkeys is called a flock.
  • A hen lays around 115 eggs a month which take about 28 days to hatch. Turkey eggs are tan with brown specks and are larger than chicken eggs.
  • A mature turkey has 3,500 feathers. Turkey feather were used by Native Americans to stabilize arrows.
  • The largest turkey on record was 86 pounds.
  • Turkeys have great hearing skills but no ears.
  • Turkeys can see in colors, have excellent visual acuity, and their field of vision spans across about 270 degrees.
  • A Turkeys’ head changes colors when it’s excited.
  • Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
  • Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour and fly 55 miles per hour.
  • Turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to their roosts around sunset. Then they fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon.
  • Only the tom turkey gobbles. The hen makes clucking noises. A tom's gobble can be heard a mile away.
  • Gobbling starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning.
  • At current Thanksgiving feasts, over 675 million pounds of turkey are consumed.
  • The wishbone is a tradition of Thanksgiving. Two people grasp each end of the wishbone. After making a silent wish, they pull it away. Whoever gets the joint portion, gets their wish.
  • The ballroom dance the "turkey trot" was named for the short, jerky steps that turkeys take.

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