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Talk turkey to me!–

  • In nature, turkeys like to have breakfast and dinner as a family. Turkeys have two major feeding times, one during mid-morning, the other mid-afternoon. Family groups often meet to enjoy their meal together.
  • Turkeys love to be petted. They will sit happily for long periods having their feathers stroked, and some even purr.
  • Turkeys like to listen to music, especially classical. In fact, they like it so much that they will often cluck and gobble in a manner that can only be described as singing along.
  • Males love to feel noticed and admired. Timmy the Turkey follows WFAS caretakers and visitors everywhere, standing off to the side with a sidelong glance, puffing out his feathers in full display, quietly and patiently waiting for the prospect of attention.

On industrial farms, these intelligent, friendly animals never know the comfort of a natural environment or the satisfaction of instinctual behaviors. Instead, turkeys endure confinement, crowding, disease, abuse, and a short life of intense suffering that ends in brutality. Between 250 and 300 million turkeys are raised for slaughter every year in the U.S. – more than 46 million are slaughtered for Thanksgiving alone. Please read more about the plight of turkeys raised for meat at our Learn page: Turkeys. And on the topic of free-range, please visit our Humane Farming Myth page.