Thanksgiving is About Giving Thanks… and Turkey
We’re thankful for each of our customers, distributors, employees, contractors and the turkeys we’ll eat next week!
The majestic animal that will grace many of our plates next week is more than just delicious.
Here are some interesting facts about the turkey on your table from Smithsonian.com.
1] Turkeys have evolved over 45 million years into two species.
2] Wild turkeys number about 7 million in the US today, a great comeback from near extinction in the early 1900s when they numbered only about 30,000.
3] There are 6 subspecies of turkey, all native to North America. The Eastern Wild Turkey is the most common, with more than 5 million birds living in the eastern US and Canada.
4] The Aztecs domesticated the south Mexican wild turkey and the Spanish brought them to Europe. The pilgrims then brought them to North America.
5] Male turkeys make a gobble sound, but all turkeys can produce “purrs”, “yelps” and “kee-kees”.
6] Male turkeys weight 16-22 pounds on average and hens are 8-12.
7] The length of a male turkey’s snood (dangly appendage on their face) is associated with his overall health. In addition, females prefer males with long snoods and its length can be used to predict the winner of a competition between 2 males.
8] A turkey’s gender can be determined from its droppings – males droppings are spiral shaped and females look like the letter J.
9] Turkeys aren’t slow! They can run up to 25 mph and fly as fast as 55 mph.
10] A family group of male turkeys will court females together, but only one male gets to mate.
11] Females will lay about 10-12 eggs, one per day, over a 2 week period. Eggs incubate for 28 days.
12] Adult turkeys have a varied diet that can include acorns, seeds and even small reptiles. Babies, called poults, eat berries, seeds and insects.
13] The ocellated turkey can be found only on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
14] Ben Franklin once said that the turkey was a “much more respectable bird” than the bald eagle.
Thankfully, he never proposed it as our national bird!
Turkeys also have outstanding geography skills!
They have the ability to learn the precise details of an area over 1,000 acres in size.
We hope you have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving,
with plenty of time for family, friends and some well-deserved relaxation.