Turkeys are so fascinating, fast and large that Benjamin Franklin suggested that the turkey would be suitable as our national bird. I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country, Franklin wrote. He is a bird of bad moral character; like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy. The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.
To learn more about the history of the turkey, read "Homegrown Turkeys are Terrific" at Mother Earth News.