Turkey Trivia

If you want to divert Thanksgiving conversations away from hot topics, toss out a few of these morsels to keep the dinner table talk much more palatable.

The incubation period to hatch a turkey egg is 28 days.

Turkey eggs are tan with brown specks and are larger than chicken eggs.

A baby turkey is called a poult.

Only toms (male turkeys) gobble and take 18 weeks to reach maturity and weigh about 38 pounds.

Hens (female turkeys) take 14 weeks to reach maturity and weigh about 15 pounds.

Turkeys have approximately 3,500 feathers at maturity.

The most common breed of turkey we eat today is the Broad Breasted White.

Turkey is lean, protein packed and is rich in vitamin B3 and B12, selenium, iron, zinc and phosphorus.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin had foil food packets containing roasted turkey and all the trimmings while dining on the moon.

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey, not the bald eagle, to be the official United States bird. 

Surprisingly, November is not National Turkey Lovers Month. It’s June!

The costume worn by Big Bird on Sesame Street is rumored to have been made of turkey feathers.