We are concerned that the way in which many turkeys are reared, handled, transported and slaughtered/killed could be greatly improved. We’re working to try to ensure that as many farmed turkeys as possible have a good quality of life.
The behaviour of turkeys
Commercial breeds of turkeys have many of the same behavioural drives as their wild relatives. Including:
- Comfort and grooming activities - such as preening, ruffling feathers, stretching wings and dustbathing
- Perching on raised perches at night and for protection from predators
- Running and exercising
- Investigating and exploring their environment.
As well as the information on these pages, we've also produced The welfare of turkeys information sheet June 2013 (PDF: 929KB)
If you’re concerned about turkey welfare, then find out how you can help.