It’s been a few days, but many of us are still eating turkey.  I realize that not everyone chooses to feast on turkey on Thanksgiving, but we certainly did and still do back on the farm.  My Grandmother wasn’t fussy for turkey, but she could not wait to carve the bird.  Once enough meat was removed from the carcass to reveal the breastbone, she would release her winter prognostication.

You see, according to Grandma, the breastbone of a locally raised turkey held the key to how cold or snowy the upcoming winter would be. Length and colour are both significant: the longer the breastbone, the longer the winter.

As for the colour, it goes like this:

A plain, white bone points to a mild winter.  If the breastbone is mottled, darkish or even with as blue tint, the winter will be severe.

There’s more: purple tips are a sure sign of a cold spring!

Is there some science to back this one?  Well, “some”.  An overall dark color meant that the bird had absorbed a lot of oil, which acts as a natural protection against the cold. The darker the blue coloring, the tougher the winter ahead!

The turkey breastbone in the photo is quite white; whiter than last year I'm told.  So, if Grandma is correct, it should be a mild winter in Pictou county!

There is a caveat:  the turkey must be a local bird.  So, check it out and let me know!  Also, if you want to play along next Thanksgiving, be sure to buy local!


Chief Meteorologist

Cindy Day