US turkey shortages and rising prices add extra stress to Thanksgiving

Inflation and a long outbreak of avian flu before the holidays mean higher prices and smaller birds – or none at all

Turkey, the reigning poultry of Thanksgiving, may be harder for millions across the US to obtain this year, as experts warn of shortages and spiking prices ahead of the holidays.

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, experts have flagged the problem of inflated turkey costs combined with a decreased supply of the bird, especially large ones. Both circumstances could spell pricier turkeys, smaller turkeys or no turkey at all for many at Thanksgiving dinner this year.

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