Answer: 45-46 Million
Today, millions of Americans will sit down, give thanks, and slice open the traditional centerpiece to any Thanksgiving meal, a turkey. It’s a dark time for these feathery friends of ours as they prepare to meet their maker. According to the National Turkey Federation, some 45-46 million birds will be placed in the oven for Thanksgiving. That’s more than 18 percent of all the 244.5 million turkeys raised on American farms in 2017, according to statistics from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
These “nap-inducing fowl” as TIME calls them, “are typically raised on farms in the U.S. — predominately in Minnesota, North Carolina, and Arkansas.” What’s interesting, however, is that just 29% of all turkey produced in the US is eaten on the holidays according to the Metro. This number stood at 50% in 1970.