The government actually keeps track of this.


Turkey Farms are actually all around the Country.  A few years back I had the opportunity to photograph and evaluate a 200 year old farm that specialized in this poult industry, just before it was leveled for the building of new houses.     


With GMOs such a hot topic in the press, and a major topic of concern due to the unknown impacts of genetically engineered foodstuffs on the human body, this has become one of my most frequently visited sites . . . .         

“The James Way” of Raising Turkeys"   at        


Turkey farms and public health have a shared history that is totally forgotten.  During the Sanitation Period in US history (lat 19th-early 20th C), turkey farms and many other livestock business settings were a major concern to epidemiologists.  Tuberculosis was a major concern, and the crowding of chicks led to large numbers of deaths at times.  This is when a major university in New York helped perfect the livestock veterinarian business, and produced a medicine that was administered to every new hatchling– Sulfaquinoxalamin.  Evidence for this was found as inspectors’ tags hung on  walls throughout the facility — these tags as "an aid in preventing outbreaks of coccidiosis due to Eimeria melengrimitis and E. adenoides.”     


What was once a religious based tradition in just a small secular part of  the colonies of North America had evolved into family business by 1900, and large businesses by the 1970s.  The continued evolution of this cultural practice into megaindustries has changed it from a single culture behavioral pattern into an omnicorporeal cultural system,  leading to the re-marketing of these teachings in the U.S. to further satisfy the needs for all cultures, be they Native American, Christian, Jewish, Muslim . . . ad libitum.       


At my personal blog site, I provide a unique perspective of the history of this industry and how it evolved from small private farms to large factory settings in the Dutch cultural settings of Hudson Valley, New York.  The interpretation of the Turkey farming industry takes a very unique sequent occupancy approach to demonstrate its impact on the various periods of US-American cultural and economic growth.       


This is one of my most common sites for elementary to high school teachers, especially this time of the year.

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