According to the claim, Turkeys are $83 in grocery stores

As Thanksgiving approaches and supply chain problems continue nationwide, some social media users say this year’s holiday turkey could cost a wing and a leg.

Text in Nov. 7’s post reads: “Turkeys cost $83 at the supermarket, and it costs $70 to hunt without an license.” It’s sad that you cannot shoot turkeys in the presence of Game Wardens in America and still save money.

This post was inspired by a November 5 tweet from MrGeorgiaPine and has accumulated over 2,800 shares in three days. CrowdTangle, which provides social media insight, says that other versions of the claim have attracted thousands of interaction over the past week.

Hunting requirements vary from state to state. But due to supply chain snags and inflation, Americans are expected to pay more for Thanksgiving ingredients this year – including turkeys.

However, federal data and experts indicate that although an $83 price is acceptable for some types of turkeys it is not the norm.

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“I can’t imagine that would be anything close to representative,” Jayson Lusk, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, said in an email.

USA TODAY reached MrGeorgiaPine as well as the Facebook user who posted the claim to comment.

The average turkey cost is $1.07 per pound

The New York Times reports that Turkey prices are rising and will reach new heights in the coming year. However, don’t be surprised if you can only afford a $83 bird for Thanksgiving.

One commenter supported the claim by linking to a fully-cooked, hickory-smoked turkey for sale on Goldbelly (a site that sells regional and handmade foods). Other posts with the claim include a photo of a 15-pound kosher turkey with an $84 price tag at Publix.

These prices are in line with the other listings for full-cooked and kosher Turkeys. They aren’t, however, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

That would be a huge turkey! A spokesperson for the agency, Kate Waters said in an email about the claim.

The USDA publishes a weekly report of retail turkey prices advertised by grocery stores nationwide. The average price of whole-frozen turkeys was $1.07/lb for hens, and $1.06/lb for toms according to the Nov. 5-11. The data does not include the average costs of fresh turkeys.

For a 24-pound bird, which would be among the heaviest turkeys, that would come to about $25 – more than three times cheaper than the price cited in the Facebook post.

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The prices of both retail and wholesale turkeys have increased by more than 10% from last year, USDA data shows. But experts say that increase will not result in an $83 turkey for the average American.

“I bought a turkey (at H-E-B) on Nov. 1 and paid $1.28 per pound for a 16-pound bird,” David Anderson, an agricultural economics professor at Texas A&M University, said in an email. The price could be as high as $80 if I ordered a smoked or cooked turkey from a specialty store.

We rate: There is no context

We found that the claims about turkeys selling for $83 in the supermarket are MISSING CONTEXT. This is because it may be confusing without further information. Turkey prices are rising and some fully-cooked turkeys may be more expensive than others. Experts say that an average price of $83 isn’t the norm. Retail data from the USDA shows the average whole, frozen turkey at U.S. grocery stores costs about $1.07 per pound.

Our fact-check sources:

  • CrowdTangle, November 10, 2010.
  • CBS News, Oct. 26, On the table for Thanksgiving this year? Higher food prices
  • The New York Times, Oct. 25, This Year’s Thanksgiving Feast Will Wallop the Wallet
  • Jayson Lusk Nov. 9, Email Exchange with USA TODAY
  • Goldbelly, accessed Nov. 10, Hickory Smoked Turkey
  • Google Shopping, November 10, 2010
  • Kate Waters (Nov. 10), Email exchange with USA TODAY
  • David Anderson, November 10, Email exchange with USA TODAY
  • Department of Agriculture, accessed Nov. 10, Turkey Market News Reports
  • Whole Foods, accessed Nov. 10, How to Buy Turkey: Types, Sizes and Storage
  • Department of Agriculture, Nov. 5,  Advertised Prices for Turkey to Consumers at Major Retail Supermarket Outlets during the period of 11/05 thru 11/11.
  • Department of Agriculture, Nov. 5,  TURKEY: Weekly National Fresh and Frozen Whole Young Turkeys (Fri)
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, accessed Nov. 10, State Hunting Licenses
  • USA TODAY, Nov. 9, Before busy holiday season, Biden lays out new efforts to ease supply chain congestion
  • Department of Agriculture, July 29, Countdown to a Food-Safe Thanksgiving Day – FAQs

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