At first glance, these neon-feathered turkeys may seem pretty puzzling. In fact, these brightly-colored birds are actually one of the most beloved holiday attractions in America.
For years, thousands have flocked to Gozzi’s Turkey Farm in Guilford, Connecticut each holiday season to see these charismatic fashionistas happily trot around the farm.
Not long after the farm was established in 1940, Martha Gozzi began showing off these mysterious colored turkeys. Each year, families would flock to the farm to see these incredible creatures show off their unique coats.
So how do these birds earn their bright colors?
“Can’t tell you. Family secret,” Gozzi says. “Kids ask, ‘Is it in the egg?’ ‘Is it in the feed?’ We just let everybody use their own imagination.”
Whatever the secret may be, the mystery of these feathered friends has brought generation after generation back to the Gozzi’s family farm.
“My grandmother started it years ago as a fun thing for the kids in the neighborhood, and it caught on and just busloads of kids come now,” current farm owner Bill Gozzi said. “It’s a tradition for a lot of people. I get a lot of people saying, ‘My grandparents brought me here, and now I’m bringing my kids.'”
Deanna Broderick has been visiting the farm for nearly 30 years. “There’s so much negativity in the world, and everybody’s so busy, it just makes you stop for a minute and think and look, and I think it’s great,” Broderick said. “It puts a smile on your face.”