Turkey Talk – What You Need To Know About The Bird
The President pardons them. I take them with all the trimmings. Some of my friends are named for them.
Here are some facts about the turkey you'll be eating on Thanksgiving:
• Turkeys live in flocks, roosting at night in thick tree trunks.
• Male turkeys are called "gobblers" or "toms" and female turkeys are called "hens."
• Turkeys are polygamous -- one male has a harem of females.
• Toms attract hens by gobbling and strutting.
• Hens lay about 12 eggs at a time, which hatch in 28 days.
• Wild turkeys can fly at speeds up to 55 miles per hour and run at around 12 miles per hour. However, domesticated turkeys can't fly at all.
• Turkeys have 27 calls besides the gobble, including the "kee-kee," the "purr," the "yelp," the "whine" and the "cluck."