Meet the Flock

National Thanksgiving Turkey flock

National Thanksgiving Turkey flock

A very special flock of turkeys is being raised with care by Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg at their home just outside of Alexandria, Minnesota – and two of these turkeys are expecting an invitation to make the very special journey to the White House in November to be presented as the National Thanksgiving Turkey (and his alternate) to President Trump this year.

The turkey (and his lucky alternate) will travel to Washington DC the week of Thanksgiving along with Wittenburgs to participate in this time-honored holiday tradition at the White House. Carl is the 2017 Chairman of the National Turkey Federation,

The turkeys are being raised just like any turkey flock in Minnesota. The birds eat a wholesome, nutritious mix of Minnesota-raised corn and soybeans, along with vitamins and minerals. The birds also have access to fresh water 24-7 and live in comfortable surroundings that protect them from bad weather and potential predators. The only difference with this flock is that they are provided increased interaction with people so that, if chosen, any of the birds will be prepared for his role at the White House ceremony.

Meet the farmers – Carl and Sharlene Wittenburg – in this video:

You can read more about this special flock and the farm family who is raising them in our blog!

Learn more about raising turkeys: