Turkey Fun Facts (aka “Fowl Knowledge”)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Gobble Gobble

Gobble Gobble

I heard a really corny joke yesterday:

Question:  “What happens when two turkeys fight on Thanksgiving? ”

Answer: “They usually knock the stuffing out of each other!”

This is a re-post from prior years, it’s always fun to have some Turkey Fun Facts.

Print these out and amaze Uncle Sal & Aunt Millie with your “Fowl Knowledge” 

Be safe and enjoy your Holiday!

The Fish Window Cleaning Team

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Where do Turkey’s get their name?

Have you ever wondered what Turkey (the country in the Middle East) and the American bird have in common? A case of mistaken identity resulted in the American Turkey being named after the country. When the Spanish first found the bird in the Americas more than 400 years ago they brought it back to Europe. The English mistakenly thought it was a bird they called a “turkey” so they gave it the same name. This other bird was actually from Africa, but came to England by way of the Turkey (lots of shipping went through Turkey at the time). The name stuck even when they realized the birds weren’t the same.

Turkey Fun Facts

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

  1. The turkey is one of the most famous birds in North America. In fact, Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey, not the Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States!
  2. The turkey’s popularity comes from the American people’s love of eating the bird for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  3. The wild turkey we usually see in photos or pictures is not the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving.
  4. Domestic or tame turkeys weigh twice what a wild turkey does and are raised on farms for profit.
  5. Most domestic turkeys are so heavy they are unable to fly.
  6. After the female turkey mates, she prepares a nest under a bush in the woods and lays her tan and speckled brown eggs. She incubates as many as 18 eggs at a time. It takes about a month for the chicks to hatch.
  7. Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) live in woods in parts of North America and are the largest game birds found in this part of the world. They spend their days foraging for food like acorns, seeds, small insects and wild berries. They spend their nights in low branches of trees (yes, wild turkeys can fly!).
  8. Wild turkeys are covered with dark feathers that help them blend in with their woodland homes. The bare skin on the throat and head of a turkey can change color from flat gray to striking shades of red, white, and blue when the bird becomes distressed or excited.
  9. When the babies (known as poults) hatch they flock with their mother all year (even through the winter). For the first two weeks the poults are unable to fly. The mother roosts on the ground with them during this time.

Tom Turkey’s Tale of the Tail

American Turkey

American Turkey

Peacocks aren’t the only birds who use their fancy tails to attract a mate. Each spring male turkeys try to befriend as many females as possible. Male turkeys, also called “Tom Turkeys” or “Gobblers” puff up their bodies and spread their tail feathers (just like a peacock).

Turkeys grunt, make a “gobble gobble sound” and strut about shaking their feathers. This fancy turkey trot helps the male attract females (also called “hens”) for mating.

Turkey Terms

What's For Dinner

Look What’s For Dinner!

  • Scientific genus and species: Meleagris gallopavo
  • Caruncle – brightly colored growths on the throat region. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
  • Gizzard – a part of a bird’s stomach that contains tiny stones. It helps them grind up food for digestion.
  • Hen – a female turkey.
  • Poult – a baby turkey. A chick.
  • Snood – the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey’s beak. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
  • Tom – a male turkey. Also known as a gobbler.
  • Wattle – the flap of skin under the turkey’s chin. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.



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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

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Customer Pets of the Week: “Sally & “Pete”

Happy Monday Everyone!

Thought I’d post a quick picture of our newest fur-pals,  “Sally” and “Pete”.

Cloe and Louie Redondo Beach

Cloe and Louie Redondo Beach

They own (and provide security for) Redmond Lock & Key at 2213 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

“Sally” & “Pete” will greet you with a smile and help with all your lock and Key needs.  (Also, ask for Dave & Barbara – they’ll help you too!)

We’ll soon begin cleaning their windows, what a great match! Redmond Lock & Key and  Fish Window Cleaning.

On the same day, I also met “Cloe” and “Louie” at the Animal Medical Clinic located at 2006 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278.

These two, along with Gina and the AMC staff, clean their own windows, but are very friendly and would love to see you all.

Make it a great week and check back frequently for more pictures of a newest Fur Pals!

Sincerely,

Your friends at Fish Window Cleaning.

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John Gran and Cynthia Julian own and operate the franchise located in the Los Angeles – South Bay, providing residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning, chandelier cleaning, pressure washing, and more.

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Happy New Year!

Thank You All for a Wonderful 2011!

We are so fortunate to have so many great Friends, Family, Customers and Colleagues in our life – we are truly blessed.

You enrich our souls, share our successes and provide sympathetic hugs when times are tough. Thank you all, you are the best!

My wife Cynthia and I wish you all Love, Health, Happiness and Success in 2012 and beyond!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Cynthia & John

3 New Year’s “Thoughts” to Ring in 2012!

Happy New Year! 2012

Happy New Year! 2012

Sydney Smith
Resolve to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand, six hundred and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.

Benjamin Franklin
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.

F. M. Knowles, A Cheerful Year Book
He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.

Manhattan Beach Resident - "Luna"

Customer Pet of the Week: “Luna”

Happy Friday Everyone!

"Luna" of Manhattan Beach

"Luna" of Manhattan Beach

Meet our furry new friend, “Luna”.

She owns a beach front home in Manhattan Beach and just had his windows cleaned by Fish Window Cleaning.

Her three-story home is right on The Strand and our cleaners will see her every six weeks – She likes clean windows and setting up a regular maintenance program keeps her Ocean View clear and amazing!

We are happy to be of service!

See you in six weeks “Luna”!

Sincerely,

Your friends at Fish Window Cleaning.

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 Fish Window Cleaning is a National Franchise with 220+ franchisees located throughout the United States.  FWC corporate headquarters are located in St. Louis, MO.

John Gran and Cynthia Julian own and operate the franchise located in the Los Angeles – South Bay, providing residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning, chandelier cleaning, pressure washing, and more.

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Keep your image bright - clean your windows regularly

First Impressions Matter…What Does Yours Say?

What’s the first thing your customers see?

Most likely, it’s your windows and glass doors.

Your customers pay attention to your business’ appearance and in these economic times, it’s more crucial than ever to send a message of strength, vitality and optimism.  And your windows can do just that!

Cleaning windows - inside and outside

Good First Impressions begin with Clean Windows

Basically, customer recognize the overall appearance of your store.  Therefore, it’s important to check regularly to see what your customer sees as they approach your store.

If you are like most people, when you arrive for work you walk straight to the door, open it and begin getting prepared for business.  Did you take time to see what your customers see?

Suggestion:  Every Tuesday morning – take 5 minutes for a “customer perspective stroll”.  

Here’s what you do: Once you’ve opened your store, take 5 minutes and walk to the end of your building, turn around and then stroll past your store.  What does the building look like?  How do your neighbors look?   Does your store stand out?  If you didn’t work there, what would be your first impression?  Is it good?  Is it bad?

It’s amazing what you’ll find when you take a moment to “see what your customers see!”

Here’s 5 things you can do to help your boost your Customer’s first impression:

  1. Clean Your Windows Set up a regular cleaning service to keep your windows spotless!
  2. Remove Dust & Cobwebs – Walk in front of your location and look up, you’ll be amazed at what you see!
  3. Repair Signs –  Signs and posters can become tattered, make sure they project a positive image as well as important information.
  4. Pick up Trash – Regularly picking up paper and other items keeps the area looking “cared for”.
  5. Clean Your Door Daily – Customers must touch your door to enter, clean it every day and remove the finger prints regularly.

Remember… You get one chance to make a First Impression!

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Fish Window Cleaning is an National Franchise with 220+ franchisees located throughout the United States.  FWC corporate headquarters are located in St. Louis, MO.

John Gran and Cynthia Julian own and operate the franchise located in the Los Angeles – South Bay, providing residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning, chandelier cleaning, pressure washing, and more.

Click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

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