The Wishbone Legend began with the ancient belief that chickens were fortune tellers. The tradition of wishing on their clavicle, or ‘wishbone’ was passed down through generations and brought to America by the Pilgrims.
They, then adapted it to the turkey, making it a part of the Thanksgiving festivities. The collarbone, which we call the wishbone, was saved and dried for three days so that later on, two people could pull it apart. The person who broke off the larger piece was said to “get the lucky break,” and win the wish.