Your thanksgiving turkey may cost you a little bit more this holiday season. The price for locally grown turkeys is going up about 6 percent.
Eyewitness News found out how some retailers are trying to hold the line on price hikes.
The 3,300 turkeys at Ekonk Turkey Farm in Sterling are almost ready for their big day. Most have been spoken for already.
This year, customers will pay about 40 cents more per pound for their fresh farm raised bird.
That’s because during the late winter and spring a bird flu out west forced breeders to euthanize a couple of million turkeys. Fewer birds mean higher prices.
"We get them from two different hatcheries and we were warned that we may well be short too,” Ekonk Turkey Co-Manager Katie Hermonot said. “We ordered extra to make up for it."
Many large retailers such as Shoprite may be keeping the price on frozen turkeys down. They were anticipating early on the impact of the bird flu and ordering their turkeys earlier, a savings for many on fixed incomes.
"If I look around different stores you can see the difference in prices,” Uncasville resident Tony Lorenzo said. “Being retired you can use every dollar you can get you know."
Shoprite owner Ken Capano said they can keep prices low by buying in volume through their coop.
"We have a lot of buying power made an excellent job in procuring our birds and they are buying them a year out for the Holiday,” Capano said.
Turkey prices are expected to be the same either at your local farm or at your retailer thru the New Year.
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