Turkey Costs Soar Thanks to Avian Flu
They can fly … in price. With 8 million of the big birds wiped out by the bug this year, consumer prices for America’s preferred Thanksgiving meal are higher than ever. Experts say it’ll be hard to get birds weighing over 20 pounds — a big part of holiday sales — because the outbreak forced farmers to sell poultry earlier than usual. Supplies of frozen birds are at a 30-year low, and diners who prefer fresh ones, normally 20 percent of the market, may have to go cold turkey.