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A Resurgent Bird Flu Is Wiping Out Egg, Turkey Supplies Across America

Turkeys are selling for record high prices ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Turkeys on a farm in Orefield, Pennsylvania.

Turkeys on a farm in Orefield, Pennsylvania.

Photographer: Hannah Beier/Bloomberg
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Turkeys are selling for record high prices ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as a resurgence of bird flu wipes out supplies across the US.

Avian influenza is devastating egg and turkey operations in the heartland of the country. If just one bird gets it, the entire flock is culled in order to stop the spread. Millions of hens and turkeys have been killed in recent weeks. As a result, prices for turkey hens are nearly 30% higher than a year ago and 80% above pre-pandemic costs. Just as concerning are inventories of whole turkeys, which are the lowest going into the US winter holiday season since 2006. That means there will be little relief from inflation for Thanksgiving dinner.