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Turkeys An Overview of the Turkey Industry in Georgia. Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office Dr. Frank Flanders and Catrina Kennedy September 2006. The wild turkey we usually see in photos or pictures is not the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving.

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Turkeys an overview of the turkey industry in georgia

TurkeysAn Overview of the Turkey Industry in Georgia

Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office

Dr. Frank Flanders and Catrina Kennedy

September 2006



  • Wild turkeys  the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving. (Meleagris gallopavo) live in woods in parts of North America and are the largest game birds found in this part of the world. 

  • They spend their days foraging for food like acorns, seeds, small insects and wild berries. 

  • They spend their nights in low branches of trees (yes, wild turkeys can fly!).


  • Commercially bred turkeys are usually white. the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving.

  • Their colors have been purposely bred out because the pigment from the feathers would discolor the turkey's skin during dressing.

  • They cannot fly because their breast are thicker and heavier.


Georgia s commodity value
Georgia’s Commodity Value the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving.


Us turkey production
US Turkey Production the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving.


Interesting facts
Interesting Facts the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving.

  • Ben Franklin proposed the turkey as the official United States bird.

  • United States turkey growers raised 270 million turkeys in 2003.

  • Twenty-two million turkeys are eaten each Christmas.

  • 50 percent of U.S. consumers eat turkey at least once per week.


Assessment
Assessment the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving.

  • What type of turkey do people commonly eat?

  • True or False: All turkeys can fly.

  • What color are commercially bred turkeys?

  • Where is Poultry rank in Georgia amongst other commodities?

  • Who suggested making the turkey the official bird of the United States?


Answers
Answers the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving.

  • Commercial

  • False, Commercial birds are too heavy

  • White

  • 1st

  • Ben Franklin


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