Turkey facts

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Thanksgiving is less than a week away; here are 8 fun facts to share at the table.

 

  • Turkeys can blush- If a turkey is frightened, excited or ill the exposed skin on its head and neck will change from pale pink or gray to red, white or blue.
  • A Turkey’s “beard” is actually its chest hair.
  • Turkeys have periscope vision- Many hunters know, a turkey has excellent vision. Turkeys can rotate their heads giving them 360-degree field of vision.
  • Wild turkeys can fly- For short bursts at speeds of 55 miles per hour.
  • Turkey eggs won’t sell- Turkey eggs are much bigger than chickens, farmers have learned that they make more money raising turkeys for meat. Farmers also learned that turkeys are very protective of their eggs. Put together their defensive nature, with their Periscope vision, and their quick flying bursts, gathering their eggs is grueling!
  • There is no documented proof that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving. It was however served for the first meal on the moon.
  • October 3, 1863 Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving proclamation officially setting aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving
  • Turkey meat contains tryptophan, an amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin that helps regulate sleep. This is why after Thanksgiving dinner everyone is ready for a nap.

 

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