Turkeys Have Doubled in Size in the Last 80 Years

By Gary Cutlack on at

Selective breeding, intensive farming and spending all their spare time on the internet has seen the average size of a farm turkey double in size over the last 80 years, with the birds increasing from an average weight of 6kg to around 13kg.

They're now so huge some birds are bow-legged from the weight of their own bodies, while the males can grow too porky to knock-up the females. So bear that in mind when binning half the carcass on December 28th. [Mother Jones via io9]

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