80-year-old Biden falsely claims Delaware has most chickens in the nation

President Biden made a glaringly false statement as he pardoned two turkeys at the White House Monday, incorrectly claiming that his home state of Delaware has the most chickens in the nation.

“We have more chickens than anybody in the nation in Delaware, but we don’t have turkeys,” Biden, who turned 80 Sunday, falsely claimed during the annual tradition.

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Delaware has an extensive list of farms that raise turkeys – also contradicting the president’s claims that the birds are not in the state, which is often referred to as the Blue Hen State.

President Biden speaks after pardoning the national Thanksgiving turkey during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Nov. 21, 2022.

President Biden speaks after pardoning the national Thanksgiving turkey during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Nov. 21, 2022. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

However, the nation’s second-smallest state does have a booming poultry industry with a chicken population that outnumbers its residents by 200:1. But Delaware’s chicken population does not crack the top 10 of states in the nation, according to Statistica. And its poultry industry, which is worth an estimated $1.7 billion and provides 3,500 jobs, is not even in the top five in the U.S., according to the National Chicken Council. 

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President Biden is joined by National Turkey Federation Chairman Ronnie Parker and Alexa Starnes, daughter of the owner of Circle S Ranch, as he pardons the turkey Chocolate, on the South Lawn of the White House, Nov. 21, 2022.

President Biden is joined by National Turkey Federation Chairman Ronnie Parker and Alexa Starnes, daughter of the owner of Circle S Ranch, as he pardons the turkey Chocolate, on the South Lawn of the White House, Nov. 21, 2022. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Biden pardoned two turkeys from North Carolina Monday, “Chocolate” and “Chip,” which he said is his favorite ice cream flavor. 

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President Biden during the turkey pardoning ceremony.

President Biden during the turkey pardoning ceremony. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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