Skinny Turkey Mystery: Why Won't Butterball Turkeys Fatten Up for Thanksgiving?

The turkeys are having trouble putting on weight, and company execs are stumped.

By Candice Choi
|  Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013  |  Updated 6:10 PM EDT
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Skinny Turkey Mystery: Butterball Gobblers Won't Fatten Up

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FILE - Butterball is having trouble gettings its turkeys fat for Thanksgiving.

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Butterball apparently has big fat mystery on its hands: The company says it doesn't know why some of its turkeys wouldn't plump up in time for Thanksgiving this year.

CEO Rod Brenneman says in an interview with the AP that it's the first time it happened and that the company is investigating what went wrong. Butterball had announced last week that it will have a limited supply of large, fresh turkeys that are 16 pounds or heavier for the holidays.

"We don't have an answer yet," Brenneman said when asked about the cause. But he noted that turkeys are "biological creatures" subject to a variety of factors.

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