Thanksgiving is just around the corner here in Beckley. That means families can enjoy a hearty feast of everyone’s feathered friend: the turkey. However, there may be some things you didn’t quite know about this big old bird. Here is a list of 5 surprising facts about turkeys.

  1. Benjamin Franklin never voted for the turkey to be the national bird. He merely stated that it was a more majestic bird than the Bald Eagle. America disagreed.
  2. Male turkeys have a stretch of flesh over their beak, which is called a snood. Females lack this snood over their beak.
  3. In order to attract a mate, male turkeys will spread their wings and puff out their chest, similarly to a peacock.
  4. Wild turkeys are able to reach speeds of up to 55 mph when they fly through the air.
  5. Turkeys can have up to 6,000 feathers. Imagine having to pluck all those out before you could eat one!

From our family at Mountaineer Lincoln to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Facts about Turkeys

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