THE BRONX - Turkey lovers may be forced to settle for smaller portions this Thanksgiving.

Butterball, the top maker of Thanksgiving turkeys in the U.S., is suffering from a shortage in larger birds. The company says orders for fresh turkeys of 16 pounds and bigger have already been cut by 50 percent.

In today's Word on the Street, News 12 stopped Bronx shoppers in Morris Park to see if they could handle a smaller turkey this year.

Most said they needed a big bird to get them through their Thanksgiving Day traditions with plenty of leftovers, but some said a smaller turkey would suit them just fine.