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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.

Further information

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.

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