Turkeys are the only farmed bird to originate in the Americas. They were domesticated around 200 BC in the areas that is now Mexico. The Spanish brought them to Europe after they found them in 1519.
This early settler is feeding his turkeys, chickens, and ducks.
Farmers make sure their animals have a clean environment, nutritious food, and clean water. The barn is cleaned and sanitized before a new flock of poults (baby turkeys) come into the barn. This prevents disease spreading from one flock to another. In Canada, turkeys are not given hormones or steroids to help them grow faster.
Canadian turkeys are not given steroids or hormones.
Turkeys are raised in barns that have technology which controls the temperature, humidity, food systems, and water systems. These are all very important to raising healthy turkeys. If the barn suddenly got very cold, the turkeys would huddle together and could suffocate each other.
Turkey barns have a lot of technology that help make it a safe and clean environment.
Turkey farmers usually have their cell phones connected to the systems in their barn. Farmers will get an alert on their phone if something has gone wrong, such as a temperature change.
Turkey farmers get an alert on their cell phones if something has gone wrong in the barn.
Turkey meat is popular at Christmas and holidays, but is a healthy option all year round. White turkey meat is from the breast and only has 3 grams of fat and is low in calories. Turkey dark meat is from the thigh and has 6 grams of fat and slightly more calories than the white meat. Turkey is a great source of protein.
Many Canadians have turkey as part of their holiday dinners.