turkeys1Turkeys are extremely interesting animals. They have very complex social lives and have strong family bonds. They are sensitive and intelligent in healthy situations.

Mother turkeys are very protective of their young and will die to protect them. When threatened they will either fight or let out a loud call to say “run for cover!” Mothers form bonds for life with their offspring. The babies learn from their mothers survival skills, what to eat and the general geographic area where they are in. Turkeys like to eat together and eat 2 meals as a family: breakfast and lunch.

Turkeys love affection and coddling. They love to be touched and when being petted they make purring noises similar to that of cats. They will also sing along to classical music if you have it handy!

tacchini2Turkeys also have other amazing abilities most people do not know about.

  • They can fly short distances at up to 55 miles per hour.
  • The males spread their wings just like peacocks to attract a mate.
  • They spend most of their day preening their feathers and keeping themselves clean.
  • They have the ability to navigate a territory of about 1,000 acres.
  • They have about 20 different vocalizations that can be heard up to 1 mile away.
  • The skin on their head and neck change color depending on their moods; red for anger and blue for excitement.
  • Wild turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour.
  • The natural lifespan is up to 10 years, but on factory farms are slaughtered after 5 months.

Turkeys on factory farms become extremely stressed and are unable to exhibit any behaviors of their exceptional athletic ability or compassionate family bonding. Millions die when they are only a few weeks old due to the stressful and overcrowded conditions. Their snoods (the flap of skin under the chin) and beaks are cut off with no anesthesia. Most turkeys simply stop eating food and will die of starvation.

Turkey females are artificially inseminated and babies never meet or have the opportunity to feel their mothers warmth. Babies are hatched in large incubators and afterward are sent to filthy, bacteria infested facilities with no windows where they spend the remainder of their days.

Artificial insemination is required for the turkeys because the males are so obese that they cannot reproduce naturally. They are bred, drugged and genetically manipulated to grow as quickly as possible in the shortest amount of time. The average weight for a turkey is around 28 pounds. One study showed that if a human baby was to have the same growth rate as a turkey a 7-pound human baby growing at the same rate would weigh 1,500 pounds at just 18 weeks of age. Most turkeys die from heart attacks or organ failure before they reach 6 months of age.

turkeysfactoryfarms2Turkeys that die are left to decompose among the living turkeys. Death happens every second from infections that are created from open wounds, heart attacks, internal hemorrhaging, trampling or cruelty from factory farms workers. During transport more than 2000 can be put into cages and hauled on trucks. Many will die from starvation, inadequate water, health problems or harsh weather conditions.

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