NATIONAL POULTRY DAY
Poultry refers to domestic birds that are raised for meat and eggs. This includes chicken, turkey, ducks, geese, quail, and pheasant. Poultry is farmed in great numbers with chickens being the most numerous. National Poultry Day, March 19th, celebrates our “fine-feathered friends”.
How is National Poultry Day Celebrated?
- Try a new recipe with eggs and/or chicken as the main ingredient. This list is endless.
- If you don’t have your own flock of backyard chickens, visit your local farmers market and purchase a dozen farm-fresh eggs or a free-range chicken.
- Watch old cartoons featuring Foghorn Leghorn, one of the most famous TV chickens.
- Do the “Chicken” dance with your kids, students or friends. Video it and post on social media.
- Make your own chicken craft – there are plenty to try, just look online
National Poultry Day Trivia/Facts:
- Poultry comes from the French/Norman word poule, itself derived from the Latin word pullus, which means small animal.
- It is believed that chicken was introduced to America 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.
- Poultry is the second most widely eaten meat in the world, accounting for about 30% of meat production worldwide followed by pork at 38%.
- Chickens have panoramic vision of about 300°.
- Chickens and other birds are thought to have descended from dinosaurs.
Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on March 19th:
- Sirhan Sirhan – Assassin
- Richie Ashburn – Baseball player
- Emma Roberts – Actress
- “Moms” Mabley – Comedienne
- Bruce Willis – Actor
- Wyatt Earp – American Sheriff
- David Livingstone – Explorer