Uh-oh. America's favorite Super Bowl snack might be hard to come by this year for the big game, and fans might seriously need to think about stocking up now if you want to enjoy that traditional fat plate of chicken wings.
The National Chicken Council reported that chicken prices are at an "all-time high" because of the high cost of corn and feed prices.
"Chicken companies produced about 1 percent fewer birds last year, due in large part to record high corn and feed prices," said Bill Roenigk of the National Chicken Council. "Corn makes up more than two-thirds of chicken feed and corn prices hit an all-time high in 2012, due to two reasons: last summer's drought and pressure from a federal government requirement that mandates 40 percent of our crop be turned into fuel in the form of ethanol. Simply put, less corn equals higher feed costs, which means fewer birds produced."
Even with the chicken shortage, it's estimated that 1.23 billion wing segments will be consumed for this year's Super Bowl.