November 26, 2003, just-food.com:November
is understandably a tense time for turkeys, especially in the US
where they serve as the centerpiece of the end-of-the month holiday
Thanksgiving, it was possibly with this strain in mind that the
Nation Farmers Union decided to distribute “relaxation”
CD to help turkeys “chill out.”
The experimental approach to calming nervous turkeys was drawn
up by the NFU after consultation with animal behavior experts from
the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh.
The “turkey top ten” contains a range of tracks, with
names such as “Wind chimes”, “Gregorian chanting”
and “Happy turkeys”, aimed at having a positive calming
influence on the birds.
“It is well known among farmers that a background of constant
sound calms birds, probably because it drowns out unexpected noise,”
said NFU turkey spokesman Mike Bailey said. According to the NFU,
stress-free birds have a more tender taste.
The farmers taking part hope to get a definitive answer on the
subject to help turkey producers in future years.