U.S. retail price of turkey 1995-2020
Poultry in the United States
The term “poultry” refers to birds raised for meat, and includes chickens, turkeys, geese, and ducks. The United States is a major producer of chickens; in 2017 there were around 1.97 billion chickens in the United States. Turkey meat is also very popular, but to a lesser extent. As of 2017, there were about 244.5 million turkeys produced in the United States, down from 273 million in 2008.
Turkey is a quintessential part of a Thanksgiving dinner. A 2018 survey of U.S. consumers found that 81 percent of respondents plan to include turkey in their Thanksgiving dinner. Other popular dishes include gravy, stuffing, and bread rolls/biscuits/cornbread. The turkey is also the most expensive dish at Thanksgiving dinner, with a 16 pound turkey costing about 21.71 U.S. dollars on average.