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What the CLUCK?

How have we come to this? A chicken wing shortage in the USA. Where have all the chickens gone to that belonged to Pilgrims Pride before bankruptcy? Doesn't Tyson distribute chicken wings, along with numerous other manufacturers? Why can't they take up the slack? Man I love me some chicken wings! Prices have nearly doubled for the little morsels. That is all fowled up. Unreal! How do you feel?

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  1. 1) The principle of supply and demand is a bitch.
    2) I need to get back in the lab and continue my work on the eight winged chicken.

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    1. re: GodfatherofLunch

      Help me out here, right now boneless chicken breasts are a deal at under $2. pp. As far I know, each chicken has 2 wings and one breast, so if there are plenty of chicken breasts available, at rock bottom prices, what's the deal with a shortage of wings?

      1. re: cstr

        Like I said, Its about supply and demand. First as far as I know all creatures have two breasts.
        Hooters is not known for there breasts - well at least not on the menu.
        rather its wings by the dozen that many a consumer munches on, the breasts they just drool over

      2. re: Sam at Novas

        Is this where the chickens that have 'Nuggets" come from?
        I have never seen a chicken with nuggets , have you?

        1. re: GodfatherofLunch

          I really don't want to think about what a chicken "nugget" might be.

          1. re: Sam at Novas

            I can just hear folks now - "Man did you get a load of the nuggets on that one"

      3. Is this the chicken version of Cat Fancy? purrrrrrrrrrrfectly intolerable

        1. well I probably have no right replying in this thread as I no longer eat chicken....but the little buggers only HAVE two wings, and people eat pounds of those things.....

          blame it on the all you can eat or the 5 cents a wing nights.....

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          1. re: im_nomad

            Buffalo thighs! Who's with me???!!???

            1. re: rHairing

              ME! I think I will work on that!

              I must live in the land of Chicken Wings, because I can always find them and how I love a great wing!

              1. re: rHairing

                OTOH, somehow I just think Buffalo FEET wouldn't take off so well...

                1. re: tarteaucitron

                  You don't know any Chinese people. They devour chicken feet in a glutinous sauce by the basketful at dimsum meals. The only difference between those and "buffalo feet" would be the flavour of the sauce.

                  And I've seen tons of recipes for "buffalo thighs"; I'm sure the women behind "Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry" did a contest for their thighs against traditional wings, and won. But the thighs aren't cheap; I bought some last week, and paid $6.30 Cdn per pound (boneless, skinless - I've never worked out much you save, if anything, by boning and skinning themselves yourself).

            2. Great....Superbowl Sunday and wing shortage. Head over to Costco and they got different frozen flavored wings in 4-5 pound bags fully cooked for like $12...pop them in the microwave. Their "Wings of Fire" aren't bad. They do the trick for my wing thing.

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              1. re: monku

                Egads! Frozen flavored wings cooked in the microwave? Are you sure you're on the right messageboard? Or are you just pulling our wings? LOL

                1. re: lynnlato

                  No offense, I cook mostly from scratch, but for a big party on super bowl day. No problem with wings in a bag. Not the best ... but for most who are not us posting but most who are eating ... don't care.

                  I please my guests and if they like them, why not.

                  Kudos, I would of tried home cooked but I've been known to use the pre packaged and micro method. It is better than nothing and honestly, some noticed but most were just pleased.

                  Enough beer and what the hell, no one cared and it was a good game. Food is important, but not everything! For me that is.

              2. You have only yourselves to blame! All you Buffalo wing eaters! Chicken wings used to be the forgotten part, talk about cheap:-) I never got the concept of overly spicy, underdone, soggy skin wings and blue cheese dressing,??!! WTF! I say fry up those bad boys, put some tabasco on em, and eat them with soft buttered white bread! Oh and BTW EAT ALL THREE PARTS OF THE WINGS

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                1. re: kpaumer

                  Thank you! I like to taste the CHICKEN in the wing, not the hot sauce that's going to permanently scald my esophogus! I like Bertucci's wings - charbroiled and flavored with olive oil, garlic and rosemary.

                2. Always a shortage at Super Bowl time, the chains all have first dibs on the wings that were pre-ordered way in advance. Pilgrims Pride not only went bankrupt but I think I heard there was a fire in their biggest factory in Texas. Fresh were impossible to get a week or so but are starting to show up again, however frozen was always available to my knowledge.

                  Anyway, Pilgrims Pride only makes breaded wings (Wing Dings and Wing Zings): for Buffalo style wings, Tyson is the biggest manufacturer (Wings of Fire, or plain frozen do it yourself). But at this time of year, any weak link in the chain of supply can cause ripples!

                  1. There was no "demand" here in Tampa this weekend. Prices weren't raised to much higher than normal.