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National Poultry Day - March 19


Eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast, an open-faced turkey avocado sandwich for lunch and then perhaps a good, ol’ fashioned fried chicken dinner to finish off the day. Poultry is the theme for March 19th as it is National Poultry Day.

Poultry refers to domestic birds that are raised for meat and eggs. These birds include chicken, turkey, ducks, geese, quail, and pheasant.  Poultry is farmed in large numbers with chickens being the most numerous.

It is believed that chicken was introduced to American soil by the European explorers in the 16th century.  Chicken consumption in the United States increased during World War II due to a shortage of beef and pork.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the poultry production in the United States. Estimates place production at around 9 billion chickens in the United States.  Chicken and turkey are lower in fats and cholesterol than other meats.

Poultry can be prepared in many different ways including roasting, baking, frying, grilling, sautéing, steaming and broasting.


Enjoy your favorite poultry dish, either at home or your favorite restaurant.  Feel free to try one of the following recipes:

Chicken Bacon Bites
Chicken Enchiladas I
Classic Turkey Pot Pie
Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
Smothered Pheasant
Easy Pheasant Casserole

Use #NationalPoultryDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Poultry Day.

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