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Advancements in breeding and genetics have helped turkey farmers raise more birds with less feed!


Turkey eggs are brown and speckled and take just 28 days to hatch.


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!


Turkey bedding, sometimes referred to as litter, is recycled and used as a natural fertilizer to give soil and crops extra nutrients.


Did you know there are more than 10 breeds of turkey? The most common is the Broad Breasted White!


All turkeys are raised without added hormones and steroids. Turkeys are bigger today due to genetic improvements, better feed formulation, and modern management practices!


A turkey farmer raises about 45,000 birds every year!


Fresh water and nutritious feed are available to turkeys 24/7!


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.


Did you know turkey eggs are tan with brown specks and larger than chicken eggs??


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.


DYK: Only tom (male) turkeys gobble and hen (female) turkeys make a clicking noise!


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!


DYK: To reach full-grown, tom turkeys are raised for about 18 weeks and hens are full grown at 15 weeks.


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.


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.

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