Factory Farming

Turkeys

Turkey

When studied in their natural environments, turkeys are intelligent, playful birds, with personalities as varied as cats and dogs.

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Bird Paw Wild turkeys can live up to 12 years, and develop wingspans of four to five feet.

Bird Paw Wild turkeys can run up to 25 miles an hour, and can even fly for short distances at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour.

Bird PawUnlike some birds, wild turkeys do not fly south for the winter, but instead forage year-round for seeds, berries and insects, even climbing trees in the pursuit of food.

Bird PawAt night, wild turkeys roost in the low branches of trees.

Bird PawLike peacocks, male turkeys use their plumage to attract females, puffing out their bodies and displaying their tail feathers.

Bird PawFemale turkeys will hatch up to 18 chicks at a time, and will roost with their young in ground-level nests until they are able to fly.

Bird PawMother turkeys will defend their young against any predators, including raccoons, snakes and owls.

Bird PawYoung turkeys will live with their mothers for up to five months, learning many important social skills and the normal vocal and visual communications necessary for life in the flock.

Bird PawTurkeys are born with full-color vision.

Bird PawBenjamin Franklin respected the wild turkey immensely, and even desired for the turkey, not the bald eagle, to be the national bird of the United States.

Learn about the life of a turkey raised for meat on a factory farm.