HOUSTON -

Butterball has notified retailers it will be shipping half as many fresh, large turkeys as expected this year.

According to the company, turkeys on some of the company's farms are not gaining weight as quickly as they used to.

Butterball does not know why.

The shortage only applies to the company's fresh, never frozen whole turkeys in sizes 16 pounds and up.

Local 2 has put in calls into the corporate offices for several local stores to check on their supplies, but so far we have not heard back.