We're 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.
Understanding turkey behaviour
To understand how to best cater for their welfare needs, it helps to have an understanding of how turkeys behave. Commercial breeds of turkey have many of the same behavioural instincts as their wild relatives. These include:
- Comfort and grooming activities - such as preening, ruffling feathers, stretching wings and dustbathing
- Roosting on raised perches at night for comfort and to feel safe from predators
- Running and exercising
- Investigating and exploring their environment