If you are banking on the tried and true, traditional Butterball Turkey at your table this Thanksgiving, you are likely to be disappointed. Butterball is having a pretty major shortage of their bigger sized birds.
The most famous turkey supplier told retailers that their orders for fresh turkeys, 16 pounds (7.3 kg) and bigger, have been cut by 50 percent. This is a big deal, because 88 percent of turkeys eaten in the U.S. for Thanksgiving dinner weigh in at about 16 pounds.
Butterball reps claim that the shortage has been caused by a failure of their birds to gain appropriate weight this season. This is a little scary, especially since the company is claiming they aren't sure why their birds are staying so slim, but they are still investigating.
If you don't mind buying a frozen bird, then there are plenty of big turkeys to go around. Just remember, you can't buy a frozen turkey the day before Thanksgiving and hope it will be defrosted in time.
Word to the wise: Hit the markets early and avoid the rush to find the perfect bird for your family.