Bay Area turkey herd reaches Point Richmond dead end

The first bird stood in the way, shaking with its feathers one Thursday afternoon in October, before the next four appeared.

These five goblins made a proper herd as they clicked, spun, and roamed through a Point Richmond neighborhood on their way to their next meal, which could have included berries, roots, insects, small reptiles, or amphibians.

When the herd reached a dead end, the exalted “brave birds” – as Benjamin Franklin once called them – provided a visual metaphor for the shortage and supply chain problems that left Bay Area residents and Americans struggling to put enough food on their tables this Thanksgiving .

A herd of wild turkeys walks cautiously on a cul-de-sac in the Point Richmond neighborhood of Richmond, California, on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Thanksgiving chefs may have a hard time finding the traditional entree this year; The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported shortages of birds due to supply chain problems. (Ray Chavez / Bay Area News Group)

We are the hungry turkeys that fall short in our search for animal-based protein this holiday, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 13.6% increase in meat, fish, poultry and egg prices year-on-year, and Bay Area’s food banks have been reporting more accurate peaks in the past three months.


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