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With recommendations for downsized Thanksgiving some are tossing the turkey for a smaller bird

Posted at 9:53 PM, Nov 23, 2020

For many families, Thanksgiving will be much different this year. Amid the pandemic, there are recommendations against travel and large celebrations and the changes could trickle down to what's on the table too.

There were mixed reactions from people at Hebert's Specialty Meats in Maurice, where some say their family members will be cooking at their own homes while others plan on having a gathering but will be following CDC guidelines.

"Everybody has to answer the questionnaire. Any signs or having symptoms, anyone who has been sick of course cannot attend," said Rosalind Hayes. "I'm also checking temperatures."

Hayes says despite the spike in COVID-19 cases, she is planning on cooking for 12 people this Thanksgiving.

"We have a lot to be thankful for, my son is home from deployment, this is the first time he has been able to be home for Thanksgiving in 10 years," Haynes said.

And while most families will stay with the traditional bird, it won't be what Haynes is serving this year. She is opting for something smaller than a traditional turkey, something Hebert's has noticed among customers so far.

During the holiday season, Hebert's typically sells more than 2,000 Turduckens. This year, owner Samuel Hebert says he's noticed more people are leaving with a much smaller bird.

"We got a lot more chickens on order that we normally don't have," said Hebert.

"We are going with the Hebert's stuffed chicken," Haynes added.

Despite the rise in chicken sales Hebert say's they have enough small and large turkeys ready for all the turduckens people want.

"You gotta' prepare for the best. If you're stuck with it, it's part of it," Hebert said.

He also adds that they haven't seen a decline in customers coming in, but they can ship to anyone unable to come to the store.

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