Considering that turkeys were almost nearing extinction over 100 years ago due to various reasons ranging from the severe change in their natural environment due to massive deforestation or simply through unregulated hunting, it is kind of surprising that Thanksgiving turkeys are holding strong in our present time.
Because of the tradition of having turkey dinners during Thanksgiving or other holidays, the poultry market is now producing hundreds of millions of turkeys per year, with only Minnesota making more than 45 million in order to satisfy customers across the state. But turkeys nowadays are almost entirely different than those found in the wild.
They are much larger than their wild brothers, and with most of the times being even tastier than them, due to their controlled environment in which they are bread and their regulated diet, sometimes even containing chemicals in order to induce a faster growth rate. This is the effect our steadily increasing diet, requiring the birds to become bigger and bigger with each new generation in order for just one of these birds to be able to feed an entire family.
Taking into account that the American population steadily grows in numbers with each passing year, along with its required food intake, the poultry market, including turkeys, not only chicken and duck, will rise alongside it in order to balance the supply and demand chain. Besides, who doesn’t eat a turkey sandwich or other turkey-based foods now and then?
The demand part of the chain shook the supply part this year, making turkey prices go up while their supply ran lower and lower. This made food banks nationwide miss their yearly quota necessary to feed those who opt for turkey meals given by the state. As things go, this further proves the necessity of the poultry market growth even more.
But the booming resurgence in turkey numbers stems from the way in which the birds function by themselves in the wild as well. After people started to build more cities and towns, while at the same time removing their natural forest habitat in which wild turkeys thrive, the birds started to adapt at a much faster rate than previously anticipated. You can even spot some turkey hens followed by a brood of turkeylings having a relaxing stroll through populated towns and cities, depending on how close they are to forests or other such locations.
Even though Thanksgiving turkeys are holding strong, their numbers still fall a bit short when faced to the staggering demand of turkeys on a year to year basis, especially during the period of time leading to Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season.