Walk for Farm Animals: 23 Baby Turkeys

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Walk for Farm Animals: 23 Baby Turkeys

Since Liberation BC’s 7th annual Walk for Farm Animals to benefit Farm Sanctuary is coming up on October 5th, it’s time to get to know just a few of the some of the approximately 900 animals who live at Farm Sanctuary’s three shelters.  Are you ready for the Walk?  It’s time to register and start fundraising!

This is part of a series of farm animal stories on our blog.

In nature, young turkeys spend the first six months of their lives at their mother's side. (Photo: Farm Sanctuary)

In 2013, a transport truck was carrying baby turkeys from the hatchery to a growing facility in North Carolina, where they would live in dim, crowded, noisy conditions for just 13 to 16 weeks before being loaded onto another truck bound for the slaughterhouse.  (In the 1960s, it took 32 weeks for a turkey to reach slaughter size.)

As the truck accelerated up a freeway ramp, two dozen of the baby turkeys fell out and tumbled onto the highway.  Accidents such as these are not infrequent, and they usually result in death for the animals involved.  In this case, however:

 The birds were picked up by local animal control officers, who immediately asked the nearby rescue organization Carolina Waterfowl Rescue (CWR) to take in three of the turkeys who were severely injured. Learning that several more turkeys had been rescued, CWR negotiated the transfer of the remaining 23 birds to their shelter…CWR reached out to us, and we agreed to welcome the birds to our New York Shelter. But first came the work of treating broken bones, stitching up lacerations, and carrying out blood-work. As the costs for care mounted, we contributed funds to help ensure the young birds received everything they needed.(link)

turkeys in snow

Strutting their stuff at Farm Sanctuary's New York shelter. (Photo: Farm Sanctuary)

 Our new arrivals are already making their presence known at the shelter. They talk to each other constantly, using a vocalization unique to baby turkeys that sounds remarkably like human whistling. Although it’s still too early to know for sure, we suspect that all of them are males — as young as they are, we’ve already seen some strutting! Once shut away from view in the factory system, these little turkeys are now impossible to ignore.(link)

Liberation BC is proud to support Farm Sanctuary by participating in the annual Walk for Farm Animals.  Won’t you join us?

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