- The average life of a "farmed" turkey is 5 months.
- Since the demand for turkey is so high, commercial turkey farms artificially inseminate all their female birds (who wants that job? And yes, they showed how it's done. Eeww.)
- Females are allowed 1 hour to lay their eggs, then they are mechanically booted out of the cage to make room for the next bird.
- Once the female lays her eggs, she is immediately inseminated again!
- The eggs are packed up daily and taken to a hatching facility.
- A hatching facility incubates 200,000 eggs a day and approximately 900,000 eggs are hatched in one week.
- Chicks are kept in cages for almost a month before being sent to "the farm" where they will live out the rest of their short 5 month life.
- Chicks follow humans around the farm trying to find their mothers (All I could think of was the children's book, "Are You My Mother?)
- There are a series of 4 barns the turkeys will move through until they're ready to be "packaged." As far as conditions in the barns? Not that great.
Organically raised turkeys are usually free range and get lots of fresh air, real sunshine, and certified organic feed that is free of synthetic pesticides and antibiotics. Their diet of high quality grains and vegetable proteins also make for a tastier bird. Here's a great article from Bon Appetit magazine on choosing the right turkey for your thanksgiving meal. As far as what will be on our table this year? Well, after watching this program, we'll be having sushi.