33 Fun Facts About Turkeys and Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Enjoy the family, friends, and relaxation away from this crazy market.

For everyone’s amusement here are 33 fun facts about turkeys that most people probably do not know:

  1. Ben Franklin, in a letter to his daughter, proposed the turkey as the official United States bird.
  2. In 2007, the average American ate 17.5 pounds of turkey.
  3. 97% or Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving.
  4. Turkey consumption has increased 116% since 1970.
  5. In 2007, 271,685,000 turkeys were produced in the United States.
  6. In 1970, 50 per cent of all turkey consumed was during the holidays, now just 29 per cent of all turkey consumed is during the holidays as more turkey is eaten year-round.
  7. In 2006, Turkey was the # 4 protein choice for American consumers behind chicken, beef and pork
  8. The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
  9. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
  10. A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
  11. The male turkey is called a tom.
  12. The female turkey is called a hen.
  13. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour.
  14. Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour.
  15. Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited.
  16. Six hundred seventy-five million pounds of turkey are eaten each Thanksgiving in the United States.
  17. Baby turkeys are called poults and are tan and brown.
  18. Turkey eggs are tan with brown specks and are larger than chicken eggs.
  19. It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.
  20. In 1920, U.S. turkey growers produced one turkey for every 29 persons in the
  21. The turkeys produced in 2007 together weighed 7.9 billion pounds and were valued at $3.7 billion.
  22. United States turkey growers will produce an estimated 271 million turkeys in 2008.
  23. Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.
  24. Gobbling turkeys can be heard a mile away on a quiet day.
  25. Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri and California are the leading producers of turkey in 2007. These states produced 175 million of the 271 million turkeys raised in 2007.
  26. A 16 week old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster and a yearling is a year old. Any turkey 15 months or older is called mature.
  27. 29% of turkeys consumed in the United States are consumed during the holidays.
  28. The ballroom dance the “turkey trot” was named for the short, jerky steps that turkeys take.
  29. Turkeys don’t really have ears like ours, but they have very good hearing.
  30. A domesticated male turkey can reach a weight of 30 pounds within 18 weeks after hatching.
  31. Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
  32. Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
  33. Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.

View more facts here. And if you are looking for new ways to eat your leftovers the five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.

Happy Thanksgiving 😈 See you back here on Friday!

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