"A turkey is the relation of the grouse.
In Latin, turkeys are known as Meleagris.
The turkey is classed as poultry.
The domesticated turkey is descended from the wild turkey.
It has been a domesticated bird for over 2,000 years.
A male turkey is a stag. The female is a hen, and their chicks are known as poult.
A turkey can weigh up to 20kg.
The flesh that dangles on top of the beak, is known as the snood.
The flesh that dangles underneath the beak of the turkey, is known as the wattle.
Farmers will incubate the eggs for 28 days, whereupon they are hatched, sorted and separated.
The call of a turkey is ‘gobbling’.
They are highly social birds, and the collective term for a group is a ‘rafter’.
The average lifespan of a turkey is ten years.
The Aztec people associated the turkey with the trickster God, Tezcatlipoca, due to its humors behaviour.
The most distinct breed in Europe is the Spanish Black.
William Strickland was the first to introduce the turkey to England – his coat of arms even had one on it.
Thomas Tusser first introduced the turkey to the Christmas fare in 1573.
The Broad Breasted White turkey is bred for its meat.
The turkey is eaten at Thanksgiving in the US and Canada.
It is now seen as a traditional part of Christmas dinner.
Before turkey, the working class ate goose at Christmas until the Victorian era.
In 2009, 7,734,000 turkeys were consumed on Christmas Day, however, fast forward to 2021 and the figure is nearer 10 million.
Four billion pounds of turkey feathers are wasted a year.
Turkey feather fibres are blended with nylon and spun, whereupon they can be used for knitting.
Turkey faeces have been used as fuel in power plants since 2007. 55 megawatts can be produced for 500,000 tons of waste."
Well how many of these facts did you know?
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