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Chicken Wing Shortage Causes Super Bowl Sunday Headaches

sb47CHICOPEE, Mass (WGGB) — Cooks at Quicky’s in Chicopee say it takes days to prepare for the rush of chicken wing fever on Super Bowl weekend.

“Around the clock having people prep all the wings and the celery and the blue cheese and making sauces so yeah we have our work cut out for us,” Quicky’s owner Brian O’Connor said.

This year, those preps have been a challenge. O’Connor says in Quicky’s 25 years, they’ve never seen such a chicken wing shortage.

“Every year, you know, the wing prices do go up, but this year is definitely historical,” O’Connor said. “We’ve never seen prices this high for chicken wings, ever.”

The sounds of sizzling becomes familiar sound on Superbowl Sunday. O’Connor says they’ll do about 2,000 pounds of chicken wing business.

“Because historically we do do a lot on that day we’ve been able to keep our buying power up, which is actually going to keep our prices down,” O’Connor said.

It’s not an easy task. O’Connor says the price of chicken is up 90% from this time last year, but how come?

“To be honest, that’s a mystery to everybody I think. We are all trying to figure out as to why,” O’Connor said. “My guess is just that it’s become more popular.”

If you still need your Superbowl snack, O’Connor assures that they have enough chicken, and hot sauce, to go around.

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