Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fun Turkey Facts!

I’m a sucker for fun or little known facts that have no practical use… so, here are some I found to add to my repertoire.

  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

  • The average person consumes over 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day. (And we wonder why Americans are overwhelmingly overweight…)  

  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

  • Americans eat over 530 million pounds of Turkey on Thanksgiving;  more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten on that day. 

  • A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

  • The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.

  • Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.

  • Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.

  • Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.

  • Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly, but wild turkeys can fly over 55mph for short distances.

  • Turkeys can have heart attacks. Apparently, The United States Air Force was doing test runs and broke the sound barrier. Fields of nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.

  • A large group of turkeys is called a flock.

  • Turkeys have poor night vision.

  • Turkeys can drown if they look up while it’s raining.

  • It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.

  • A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.

  • Dang… I feel really, really bad for turkeys all of a sudden. But luckily not quite bad enough to go vegetarian this year.

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone!


    1. that is interesting, my hunter husband calls a bunch of turkeys, a 'gang'.
      thanks for the insight! lol

    2. Love the facts! I recently learned that male Turkeys are called Toms!

    3. Very interesting!
      Happy thanksgiving!!!

    4. HAHAHAHA (taking a quick breath) HAHAHAHAHAHA

      these are hilarious, I love the heart-attack and drowning quotes, passing them on

    5. I love fun facts too, and did not know that Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef!

    6. These facts are hilarious! The one about drowning while looking up at the rain made me laugh, even though it's kind of sad. I can't imagine what an 86 pound turkey would look like.