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The Mystery of Butterball’s Too-Skinny Turkeys

By now you might have heard there’s a shortage of 16-plus-pound, unfrozen Butterball turkeys for Thanksgiving. On some farms, the birds just weren’t putting on weight like they normally do, the company has explained, so it will be shipping out half as many large, fresh birds this year.

Butterball said in a statement that it’s looking into “all potential causes,” although so far the company has refused to speculate as to what could keep its turkeys from packing on the pounds. “Butterball does not have any additional information to share at this time,” a representative wrote in an e-mail.