Attention Shoppers: Butterball Is Running Out of Turkeys!

The company is having difficulty filling orders for larger birds

It might be time to start thinking about a vegetarian Thanksgiving.

Butterball, the nation's biggest seller of turkeys for the holiday, reportedly can't keep up with the nation's demand for bigger birds.

According to Huffington Post, Butterball told retailers that orders for fresh, 16-pound turkeys and larger have been cut by 50 percent, and confirmed in an email statement to Quartz that "there may be limited availability on some larger sizes of fresh turkeys."

The reason for the shortage: Butterball's turkeys aren't packing on the pounds like they used to -- and the company doesn't know why.

Butterball produces about 20 percent of the country’s turkeys, and well over a billion pounds of the bird annually, which means the drought has forced grocery stores to stock their fridges with turkeys from other suppliers.

First, we learned that the world may run out of wine (gasp!), and now this!

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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