I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! If you're traveling, have a safe trip. Above all, have fun! /site/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/_default/emoticons/smile.gif Also, don't forget to nominate a Trustee for your area. The threads are located in the GIRS Members Only fourm. http://www.greateriowareefsociety.org/site/Community/DiscussionForums/tabid/78/view/topics/forumid/3/Default.aspx Some useless turkey facts: Ben Franklin, in a letter to his daughter, proposed the turkey as the official United States bird. In 2006, the average American ate 16.9 pounds of turkey. 97% or Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Turkey consumption has increased 108% since 1970. In 2006, Turkey was the # 4 protein choice for American consumers behind chicken, beef and pork The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat. The wild turkey is native to Northern Mexico and the Eastern United States. The male turkey is called a tom. The female turkey is called a hen. The turkey was domesticated in Mexico and brought to Europe in the 16th century. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour. Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour. Tom turkeys have beards. This is black, hairlike feathers on their breast. Hens sometimes have beards, too. Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited. Canadians consumed 138.6 million kg (Mkg) of turkey in the year 2005. Six hundred seventy-five million pounds of turkey are eaten each Thanksgiving in the United States. Turkeys can see movement almost a hundred yards away. Turkeys lived almost ten million years ago. Turkey feathers were used by Native Americans to stabilize arrows. Baby turkeys are called poults and are tan and brown. Turkey eggs are tan with brown specks and are larger than chicken eggs. It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey. In 1920, U.S. turkey growers produced one turkey for every 29 persons in the U.S. Today growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country. United States turkey growers raised 261.9 million turkeys in 2006. The turkeys produced in 2005 together weighed 7.2 billion pounds and were valued at $3.2 billion. United States turkey growers will produce an estimated 269.8 million turkeys in 2007. Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving. Twenty-two million turkeys are eaten each Christmas. Nineteen million turkeys are eaten each Easter. 27% of turkeys consumed in the United States are consumed during the holidays. Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clicking noise. Gobbling turkeys can be heard a mile away on a quiet day.