Just in time for Thanksgiving comes news that a lot of holiday hosts don't want to hear:  The nation's largest turkey supplier has announced that they have a shortage of birds of a certain size and type.

Fresh turkey buyers that are looking for a bird 16 pounds and over will want to know that the Butterball company says that they are short of that type this Thanksgiving.  In fact, consumers can expect to see supplies that are half the usual size in stores.

Butterball issued the following statement:

Butterball and its retail partners have ample supply of frozen whole turkeys of all sizes – small, medium or large. While there may be limited availability on some larger sizes of fresh turkeys, Butterball has shipped 100 percent of customer orders of frozen whole turkeys and products are in distribution across the country. We experienced a decline in weight gains on some of our farms causing a limited availability of large, fresh turkeys. While we are continuing to evaluate all potential causes, we are working to remedy the issue. We sincerely regret the inconvenience that some of our customers have experienced as a result of this issue.

If consumers cannot find a Butterball fresh whole turkey in their desired size, they can purchase a Butterball frozen whole turkey for their Thanksgiving meal. Depending on the size of their turkey, it typically takes between three to five days to thaw; we suggest thawing in a refrigerator for four hours per every pound of turkey.”

Butterball expects to have their supply problem fixed in time for Christmas.