What’s Next for Turkeys After They Receive a Presidential Pardon?

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One of our favorite traditions in the NC State Prestage Department of Poultry Science is the annual presidential turkey pardon. In 2022, we were fortunate to be able to be a part of the celebrations at the White House and at home in Raleigh, NC.

chocolate receives presidential pardon

You might be wondering what happens to the turkeys after they receive their presidential pardon. For Chocolate and Chip, that means a life of luxury in a climate-controlled room with private pens and access to as much feed as they want! Chris Conte from Scripps News spoke with Drs. Jesse Grimes and Peter Ferket about our favorite turkeys, Chocolate and Chip.

chocolate and chip in their new home

This week as we all sit down for our Thanksgiving dinner (or dinners), let us not forget to give thanks to the many people who have contributed to our feasts from farm to fork.