20 Little Known Turkey Facts

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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.

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2. Gobbling turkeys can be heard a mile away on a quiet day.

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3. The turkeys produced in 2007 together weighed 7.9 billion pounds and were valued at $3.7 billion.

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4. Wild turkeys can run 20 mph.

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5. Henry VIII was the first English King to enjoy turkey and Edward VII made turkey-eating fashionable at Christmas.

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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.

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7. In 2006, turkey was the # 4 protein choice for American consumers behind chicken, beef and pork.

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8. 50% of U.S. consumers eat turkey at least once per week.

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9. A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70% white meat and 30% dark meat.

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10. Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise.

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11. Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited.

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12. U.S. growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country.

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13. Turkeys can see in color.

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14. Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.

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15. A domesticated male turkey can reach a weight of 30 pounds within 18 weeks after hatching.

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16. There were 8,436 turkey farms in the United States in 2002.

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17. Turkeys have a long, red, fleshy area called a snood that grows from the forehead over the bill.

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18. Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving!

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19. The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

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20. In 2009, 250 million turkeys were expected to be raised in the United States.

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Source: Illinois.edu


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