Around 46m birds will be served up at the dinner table says the National Turkey Federation, a trade body. Turkey farmers also have reason for cheer. Americans each scoff 16.9lb (7.7kg) of turkey meat annually, up from 8.3lb in 1975. Production reflects this growing appetite: some 272m turkeys will be raised this year compared with 124m in 1975.
In Some Households, Every Day Is Turkey Day
Two weeks ago, Karen Oeh and her husband, Mike Balistreri, who live not far from Santa Cruz, Calif., adopted two turkeys that had been rescued after an airline shipping misfortune in Las Vegas.
“I am like a new parent,” said Ms. Oeh, 39. “I instantly, totally fell in love, and now I just want to stay home with them.”