Wings Will Cost More this Week

By Adam Chick

January 31, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM EST

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Rumors of a chicken wing shortage just in time for the Super Bowl have some buffalo sauce enthusiasts worried there won't be enough to go around.

That's why everyone is stocking up on the tasty fried bites before Sunday's big game.

"We probably carry double what we normally would do," said Kyle Brunner, wing chef at Kelly's Bar in Endicott.

Kelly's will have nearly 3,600 wings in stock to fill orders for the weekend. No shortage there. And, as it turns out, no real shortage anywhere.

The National Chicken Council reports chicken farmers produced about 1 percent fewer chickens this year following to a record high in corn and feed prices that spiked after a drought.

There will be a slight price increase -- consumer experts estimate approximately 20 cents per pound -- but that's a common occurrence for everyone involved in the chicken business.

"They go up for everybody," Brunner said.

Peter Watkins doesn't care. If you see him on Super Bowl Sunday he'll be enjoying his favorite snack.

"I actually love the crispy-ness. The way that the sauce compliments the wing is great," Watkins said.

Most area restaurants agree placing orders days in advance is important for on-time delivery or pickup on game day.