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
  • Roosting on raised perches at night for comfort and to feel safe 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 August 2018 (PDF 488KB).

If you're concerned about turkey welfare, then find out how you can help.

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