Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Let's Talk Turkey—by Linda Kozar

The humble turkey is the subject of today's post. Not that turkeys have much to do with mystery novels, but there is a great deal of myth and mystery concerning these beautiful birds. Let us pay homage to these American icons by learning more about them—before we eat them tomorrow. It's only right.


  • That farm-raised, domesticated turkeys are descended from wild turkeys?
  • That turkeys have over twenty distinct vocalizations (one of which might be "HELP!)
  • That each turkey has a unique voice?
  • Turkeys are smart and highly social, even affectionate in a similar way to dogs? (This makes me sad).
  • That baby turkeys flock with their mother for a period of one year?
  • That wild turkeys can fly up to 55 mph for short distances. Since domestic turkeys were bred to be larger and weightier, they are unable to fly and roost in trees as wild turkeys do.
  • Male turkeys puff up their bodies and spread their feathers out like peacocks to attract a mate?
  • Turkeys can have anywhere from one to eight beards?
  • Male turkeys are larger than female turkeys and have more colorful feathers?
  • And speaking of feathers, turkeys have anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 feathers!
  • Wild turkeys sleep in trees where they can stay safe from predators?
  • Male turkeys make gobbling sounds, but females cluck and chirp?
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be America's national bird rather than the bald eagle?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

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  1. I live with a Hunter so I know all of these things. He even has several turkey calls! Happy Turkey Day!

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoyed learning some new turkey facts. Thanks Rose blacked at gmail dot com

  4. I learned a lot of new things about the turkey! Like most species the males are always prettier. Hope you enjoy your wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for a great chance to win. joeym11(at)frontier(dot)com

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  6. I live in the country and get to see wild turkeys sometimes. I enjoy watching the males spread their tail feathers and strut. lhanberry1 (at)gmail (dot)com

  7. When my friend and I were homeschooling our children many years ago we took them to a local turkey farm for a field trip. The kids weren't very excited about it but I thought iut was interesting.

  8. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  9. That is great information so cool thank you so much for this. A Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. mommystuck1(at)optonline(dot)net

  10. Thank you so much for sharing the turkey facts.
    May you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Wild turkeys are interesting birds!
    Martha T.

  12. Hi Linda. Thanks for all of the fun facts. I didn't realize just how fast turkeys can fly.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. The wild turkey is the most difficult bird to hunt...thank goodness. :-) And turkeys don't have anything to fear from me--I don't like it. :-)

  14. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  15. Thanks for the turkey facts. I saw a wild turkey moma and 6 turklets one year in Dinasour National Monument when we were on vacation. So sweet! Please enter me into the drawing. kmparis(at)hotmail(dot)com

  16. I am really glad that the Turkey is not our national bird. fishingjanATaolDOTcom