With the holidays upon us, it is that time of year again when we give thanks for what we have, and indulge beyond our needs and our belts. But according to a recent article in the Huffington Post, there might not be as much to indulge in. Butterball, the largest Thanksgiving turkey provider, is struggling to produce enough big size fresh birds to accommodate our gluttonous day of gratitude. Orders for fresh average size birds (around 16 pounds) were cut by 50%. The company confirmed that there might be a nationwide shortage for the 88% of US households that celebrate Thanksgiving by carving into their favorite fresh poultry. This shortage is apparently due to a decline in turkey weight gain, and it is possible it will create a shift in the supply curve and an increase in the price of Turkey. However, while there may be a shortage of fresh turkeys, there are other substitutes goods available. Butterball and other manufacturers have stated that the availability frozen turkeys has not been affected, just fresh large size birds. So if you have a big family to feed this holiday season, be sure to prepare accordingly: either get your big bird while supplies last, buy frozen, or plan on getting a couple smaller birds instead.