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How Well Do You Know Your Turkey?

by Maryann Pisano on November 25, 2013

  1. The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
  2. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds — about the size of a large dog.
  3. The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.
  4. Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
  5. Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
  6. Male turkeys gobble.  Hens do not.  They make a clucking noise.
  7. A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
  8. A scared turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour!
More Fun Facts!
  1. Benjamin Franklin wanted the National Bird to be the turkey instead of the eagle.
  2. 91% of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
  3. California consumes the most turkeys.
  4. 280 million turkeys are sold for Thanksgiving each year.
  5. The wishbone of a turkey is used in a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving.

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