We’ve got new video from the Burkel family – specifically Alex, Jack and Emily – who took a video camera into one of their large turkey barns and provided a little tour and some information about what turkeys drink and eat.
The barn featured in the video is housing about 4,000 turkeys right now – you can see that they aren’t raised in cages (which is sometimes a common misperception) and they have plenty of space to move around.
Turkeys are housed in modern barns like these because it protects them from the weather elements – whether it’s really hot in the summer or below zero in the winter – and it keeps predators away, as well.
The turkeys’ barn is much like our own houses – it provides heating, cooling and a clean, safe environment in which to live.
As Alex explains in the video, the family chose about 80 birds out of this larger flock to raise as the “Presidential flock.” Once those birds grew bigger, the Presidential flock was narrowed down to about 20 hopefuls, which in turn, was reduced to less than 10 who have “made the cut.” Time will tell which two birds are the most well-behaved to make the trip to Washington DC!
Check out the video and let us know if you learned anything new about turkeys!