EMU Blog

Nov 19 2012

Let’s Talk Turkey

by Joy Schollmeier

Have you ever just wanted to turn to your friend  and tell them a whole bunch of turkey facts? Well, if yes I got you covered! The turkey is an amazing flightless bird, and around this time of year its importance is increased even more! Let’s find out why Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the turkey the U.S. National bird…

  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds! [ Now… that’s some heavy stuffing!]
  • The male turkey is called a tom!
  • Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited!
  • 675 million pounds of turkey are eaten each Thanksgiving in the United States! Wow.
  • Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise. [ Don’t get confused.]
  • Turkey eggs are tan with brown specks and are larger than chicken eggs!
  • Turkeys can see in color!
  • Turkeys can drown if they look up while it’s raining!
  • Turkey breeding has caused turkey breasts to grow so large that the turkeys fall over!
  • The fleshy growth under a turkey’s throat is called a wattle.

Now you are armed with a bunch of facts to share with friends and family over the dinner table this week. Enjoy!

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