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When is National Poultry Day?

March 19th is National Poultry Day.

What is National Poultry Day?

Maybe ducks make interesting pets, but we do love to smother our turkey in gravy. National Poultry Day celebrates the domesticated foul that so often grace our tables.

Fried chicken, quail eggs, and roasted goose all come to us from poultry. Turkey and chicken meat are good sources of low-fat protein. They also contain the amino acid tryptophan, which boosts the serotonin levels in your brain.

Compared with other domesticated animals, poultry are easy to raise at home. That’s a good thing for the world. Many people who can’t afford larger animals can still swing a full chicken coop, even in the middle of the city!

Whether or not you needed an excuse to enjoy a good bird, National Poultry Day is here to celebrate our favorite barnyard foul.

Fun facts about National Poultry Day!

  • Ducks have 340 degree vision and sometimes sleep with one eye open, only resting half their brain at a time.
  • Poultry accounts for a third of the global production of meat.
  • Alektorophobia is the fear of chickens.
  • In short bursts, wild turkeys can fly 55 mph.
  • A chicken’s neck has more neck bones than a giraffe’s.

How to celebrate National Poultry Day:

  • Fill the day with poultry meals. Fried chicken on biscuits for a breakfast sandwich or turkey bacon and eggs should get you started right, and there are a million and one ways to eat poultry for lunch and dinner.
  • Step out of the chicken coop and try something new. Have you ever had duck or quail eggs? What about goose? Find a new way to prepare chicken, like cooking it whole in a crockpot and then using its bones to make stock.

What’s the hashtag for National Poultry Day?

Post pics of your poultry festivities with #NationalPoultryDay on social media.