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With the help of genetics and specially formulated diets, toms (male turkeys) mature in just 18 weeks. This reduces the environmental footprint of each turkey, requiring fewer resources per bird! adobe.ly/2MwLJgG
Turkey bedding, sometimes referred to as litter, is recycled and used as a natural fertilizer to give soil and crops extra nutrients. https://bit.ly/3pXA5ZQ
All turkeys are raised without added hormones and steroids. Turkeys are bigger today due to genetic improvements, better feed formulation, and modern management practices! https://bit.ly/2ISjLd7
A turkey farmer raises about 45,000 birds every year!
Fresh water and nutritious feed are available to turkeys 24/7! https://bit.ly/2WnEprm
Minnesota has 450 turkey farmers – many of whom are 3rd, 4th and 5th generation farm families – who raise about 42-45 million turkeys annually making Minnesota #1 for both turkey production and processing in the U.S. https://bit.ly/2JVNQaP
Did you know turkey eggs are tan with brown specks and larger than chicken eggs?? http://bit.ly/1UxApYi
Barns provide a safe, comfortable home for turkeys and are specially designed to maximize the health and comfort of the birds. Barns keep predators away, help farmers control germs and diseases from getting to the birds, and allow maximum comfort – turkeys stay cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and dry during inclement weather. https://bit.ly/1XtjT1I
DYK: Only tom (male) turkeys gobble and hen (female) turkeys make a clicking noise! https://bit.ly/1UxApYi
Have you noticed some birds’ beaks are shorter on the top than the bottom? This is called beak trimming. The tip of the upper or lower beak is removed to help prevent birds from pecking, injuring and killing other birds in the flock. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, beak trimming is currently considered to be a necessary management practice for poultry! http://bit.ly/2semDEi
DYK: To reach full grown, tom turkeys are raised for about 18 weeks and hens are full grown at 15 weeks. https://bit.ly/2JVNQaP
Here’s your turkey terminology lesson! Baby turkeys aren’t called chicks – they’re called poults. Male turkeys are called toms and females are hens. https://bit.ly/2JWeKQ4
When Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin sat down for their first meal on the moon, their foil food packets contained roasted turkey and all the trimmings. https://bit.ly/2EUtbQx
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