Presidential turkey raised in Ft. Recovery

Flock of presidential turkeys in Fort Recovery. (Photo/Cooper Farms)
Flock of presidential turkeys in Fort Recovery. (Photo/Cooper Farms)

FORT RECOVERY, Ohio (WDTN) – The luckiest bird in the world lives in Fort Recovery. The luckiest turkey, at least.

A Fort Recovery family is raising the official National Thanksgiving Turkey presented to President Obama this year.

You know what that usually means. The turkey gets a presidential pardon. Lucky.

The Cooper family is currently raising a flock of 20 birds on the family farm. They will decide which one will be the presidential bird, plus one alternate should the first turkey not be able to fulfill its duties.

“The Cooper family is proud to have the opportunity to be part of this time-honored tradition,” said Gary Cooper, chief operating officer of Cooper Farms and chairman of the NTF. “As a family-owned farm, we take great pride in the turkeys we raise.”

You can chime in on what to name the birds by visiting Ohio Poultry on line. The President and his family and staff will make the final decision.

The Cooper farm is in its 75th year of operation. It has long invited school students to come and learn about farming, but the children serve another purpose.

They get the birds used to being around people, so that they will not flail and flutter while under pressure at The White House.

The turkey presentation is a holiday tradition the week of Thanksgiving. It began with the gift of a turkey to President Harry Truman.

To learn more about Cooper Farms, visit it on line. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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