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1. On a quiet day, a gobbling turkey can be heard from a
2. A domesticated male turkey can reach a weight of thirty
pounds by the time it is eighteen weeks old.
3. The ballroom dance the "turkey trot" was named for the
short, jerky steps that turkeys take when walking.
4. Turkeys don't have obvious ears but they have very good
5. Turkeys can see in color, but they don't see well at
6. Turkeys are related to pheasants.
7. A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
8. Although wild turkeys are good flyers, commercially
raised turkeys cannot fly.
9. Turkeys can have heart attacks. The United States Air
Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier,
and nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.
10. Wild turkeys spend the night in trees. They especially
like oak trees.
11. Wild turkeys in the United States were almost wiped out
in the early 1900's. Today there are wild turkeys in every
state except Alaska.
12. Turkeys are believed to have been brought to Britain in
1526 by Yorkshireman William Strickland. He acquired six
turkeys from American Indian traders and sold them for
tuppence in Bristol.
13. Henry VIII was the first English King to enjoy turkey
and Edward VII made turkey eating fashionable at Christmas.
14. In England, 200 years ago, turkeys were walked to market
in herds. They wore booties to protect their feet. Turkeys
were also walked to market in the United States.
15. For 87% of people in the UK, Christmas wouldn't be
Christmas without a traditional roast turkey.
16. United States turkey growers produced an estimated
266,500,000 turkeys in 2006.
17. Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.
18. Twenty-two million turkeys are eaten each Christmas.
19. Nineteen million turkeys are eaten each Easter.
20. Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri
and California are the leading producers of turkeys. These
states produce over half of all turkeys raised in the United
21. Illinois produced 2.9 million turkeys in 2005 and ranked
15th in turkey production in the United States.
22. 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.
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