Have a wild Turkey Day!
(Photograph courtesy Gary M. Stolz/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
The wild turkey was one of only two native birds domesticated by the early settlers. The other is the Muscovy duck. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour and can run 20 miles per hour. Benjamin Franklin suggested the turkey for the United States national bird and was disappointed with the choice of the Bald Eagle because the eagle has a "bad moral character".
Americans ate 235 million turkeys in 2007, and 46 million of those were eaten at Thanksgiving. Turkeys are a great product for the small farm or homesteader. They take approximately 4 months to mature (twice as long as chickens).
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Posted by Mary Ellen at November 27, 2008 6:00 AM