Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about Thanksgiving! November is a popular time to talk turkey. In addition to chickens and ducks, turkeys are a popular choice for backyard enthusiasts, homesteaders, and even large farming operations. Meyer Hatchery offers white and bronze broad-breasted turkeys along with a variety of heritage breeds from Bourbon Red to Royal Palm. To celebrate Thanksgiving in our own way, we’re sharing some fun facts you may not have known about this special holiday.
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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings.
Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about Thanksgiving! November is a popular time to talk turkey. In addition to chickens and ducks, turkeys are a popular choice for backyard enthusiasts, homesteaders, and even large farming operations.
Meyer Hatchery offers white and bronze broad-breasted turkeys along with a variety of heritage breeds from Bourbon Red to Royal Palm.
To celebrate Thanksgiving in our own way, we’re sharing some fun facts you may not have known about this special holiday.
First up, Americans prepare more than 46 million turkeys for Thanksgiving each year! A popular choice to feed large gatherings, however, an instacart survey reported 68% of Americans dislike Thanksgiving dishes. This includes the cranberry sauce and even the turkey itself, however, they eat them in honor of the tradition.
If this is your first year preparing a turkey, no fear, Butterball has you covered with their Turkey Talk-Line. In operation for more than 30 years, Butterball opens this hotline every November and December for their 50+ experts to answer more than 100,000 questions for households around the United States and Canada.
Over the years they’ve expanded their talk-line for the modern cook, making their experts available on social media, live chat, texting and even Amazon’s Alexa.
And you should always be prepared for leftovers. In fact a 2015 poll by Harris Poll reported people enjoy leftovers more than the actual meal. It’s sort of how TV dinners came to be. In 1953, a Swanson employee overestimated the number of frozen turkeys the company should order, leaving them with 260 tons of excess turkey after the holiday.
Salesman, Gerry Thomas came up with the idea to create pre-made dinners served in reheatable trays. By the end of 1954, Swanson sold 10 million frozen turkey meals!
Today, many turkeys are gifted from non-profit organizations supporting their communities to employers giving to their employees. The same can be said for the Whitehouse where a turkey is gifted to the president, leading to what we recognize today as the Presidential Turkey Pardon.
George H.W. Bush, the 41st president was the first to assure the gifted turkey would not become dinner, and since then, every president has held up the tradition.
Which seems to be fitting, considering historians have no record of turkey being eaten on the first Thanksgiving Day in 1621. Although plentiful, it was not a common food source leading them to believe ducks, geese, swans, lobster, and venison were eaten.
And Thanksgiving was more of a three-day event versus a single day celebration. With so much bounty the affair was extended, so if you’re sitting with mounds of leftovers – consider extending your celebration too!
We hope you’ll share these fun facts with friends and family in recognition of Thanksgiving this week!
Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!
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