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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The scoop on Wild Turkey poop

If you are lucky enough to get a Thanksgiving card from a little grade schooler that has traced their hand to make a Turkey tail, here are a couple quick facts you can pass along:

1. You can tell a boy turkey from a girl turkey by their poop. Male droppings are j-shaped while the female droppings are spiral or curly-cued. And the diameter of the droppings increases with age of turkey.
2. The Turkey name of the bird may have come from when early traders that took the bird from America in the 1500’s shipped them through the country of Turkey on their way to delivering the birds to European markets.
3. Male turkeys are called gobblers, after the “gobble” call they make to announce themselves to females which are called hens. Other turkey sounds include “purrs,” “yelps” and “kee-kees.”
4. Wild turkeys have very powerful legs and can run faster than 20 miles per hour and fly up to 55 miles per hour.
5. When they need to, Turkeys can swim by tucking their wings in close, spreading their tails, and kicking.

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- Why is a Turkey Is Called a Turkey? http://bit.ly/uKNZe5
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