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How well do you know your Thanksgiving bird?

By Melanie Falcon, Anchor / Reporter, @Melanie_Falcon, MFalcon@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 28 2013 07:25:48 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 29 2013 10:50:55 AM CST


OREFIELD, Pa -

In honor of what was on most people's dinner table Thursday, WFMZ.com went out to help you learn more about the bird in our turkey trivia.

You may know they are talkative and tenacious but we ventured over to Jaindl Farms in Orefield, Lehigh County, to learn more about this bird.

First, a male is called a tom and a female is called a hen. The hen chirps while the tom gobbles.

The average turkey has 3500 feathers and domestic turkeys can't fly.

David Jaindl, owner/operator of Jaindl Turkey Farms, said, "Domesticated turkeys cannot fly because they're bred for broader breasts and smaller wings."

A wild turkey, on the other hand, can fly 40 -50 miles per hour, but only for 30 or 40 feet.

For a little history lesson, the turkey almost became the United States' national bird.

Jaindl said, "Benjamin Franklin really wanted the turkey to be the national bird, and of course that did not prevail." Instead the bald eagle won that distinction.

In not so distant history, the first meal on the moon was roasted turkey.

Closer to home, the Jaindl family turkey farm got its start some 77 years ago when Grandpa Jaindl bought five turkeys for his son at a fair.

The younger Jaindl expanded the five turkeys into the farm it is today. Today, Jaindl produces 800,000 turkeys a year.

The turkeys have been sold as far away as Japan. Turkey from the Jaindl Farm have been served at the White House for over 50 years.

Other famous clients of the farm include actor Dustin Hoffman and Bruce Springsteen.

Jaindl's biggest bird to date weighed 52 pounds. One more claim to fame for Jaindl Farms, they provided replacement feathers for Big Bird.

But on a day like Thanksgiving, even Big Bird may not be happy being a bird.