20 Little Known Turkey Facts
It’s that time of the year and Thanksgiving is just a day away! But do you really know your turkey? Take a look through this informative post to get to know your best Thanksgiving guest a little better.
1. Turkeys do not see well at night.
2. Gobbling turkeys can be heard a mile away on a quiet day.
3. The turkeys produced in 2007 together weighed 7.9 billion pounds and were valued at $3.7 billion.
4. Wild turkeys can run 20 mph.
5. Henry VIII was the first English King to enjoy turkey and Edward VII made turkey-eating fashionable at Christmas.
6. The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is in a sandwich, in a stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.
7. In 2006, turkey was the # 4 protein choice for American consumers behind chicken, beef and pork.
8. 50% of U.S. consumers eat turkey at least once per week.
9. A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70% white meat and 30% dark meat.
10. Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise.
11. Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited.
12. U.S. growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country.
13. Turkeys can see in color.
14. Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
15. A domesticated male turkey can reach a weight of 30 pounds within 18 weeks after hatching.
16. There were 8,436 turkey farms in the United States in 2002.
17. Turkeys have a long, red, fleshy area called a snood that grows from the forehead over the bill.
18. Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving!
19. The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
20. In 2009, 250 million turkeys were expected to be raised in the United States.
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