article-1233697-0774A72D000005DC-694_468x371Ben Franklin, in a letter to his daughter, proposed the turkey as the official United States bird.

46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving, 22 million at Christmas and 19 million turkeys at Easter.

Turkey consumption has increased 104% since 1970.

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

The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

Turkeys can see movement almost 100 yards away.

Turkeys lived almost ten million years ago.

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

Turkeys do not see well at night.

Wild turkeys spend the night in trees. They prefer oak trees.

Wild turkeys were almost wiped out in the early 1900’s. Today there are wild turkeys in every state except Alaska.

Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 mph and can run 20 mph.

Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.

Turkey eggs hatch in 28 days.

Sources: National Turkey Federation, U.S.D.A., United States Census Bureau, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, British Turkey Information Service, Canadian Turkey Marketing Association
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