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Gobble, Gobble: Facts About Turkeys

It’s that time of year. You can close your eyes and imagine the smell of the cooking turkey filling up the house. Soon you will be sitting around a table joining friends and family for a holiday feast complete with all of the trimmings. That’s right, it’s turkey time. While the turkey you are eating is probably from a farm somewhere there are plenty of wild turkeys roaming around Connecticut these days.

Turkey Facts

Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be the national bird

Wild turkeys feed on nuts, seeds, fruits, insects, and salamanders

Average lifespan in the wild is 3-4 years

Males are the only ones that display the ruffled feathers, fanlike tail, bare head, and bright beard

A male gobble can be heard a mile away

Females don’t gobble

Females lay 4-17 eggs

They weigh from 5.5-18.8lbs

According to the National Wild Turkey Foundation the heftiest wild turkey weighed 37 lbs

Prefer to sleep in trees away from predators

Wild turkeys can fly up to 55mph

Domestic turkeys have white-tipped tails

The turkeys that have been known to hang around our warehouse

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