By Wyatt Goolsby
ODESSA - The Super Bowl is a little more than a week away, but a nationwide shortage of chicken wings could threaten to limit your snack choices here in the Basin.
So far, it appears as if West Texans will be able to fill up on hot wings for the Super Bowl. However, a cutback in the supply of poultry doesn't make it easy for lots of businesses this time of the year.
"Right now, the Super Bowl is coming up, a lot of hot wings places opening up," Tommy Sandlin, the owner of Bush's Chicken in Odessa, said.
Restaurant owners across the country are facing a major dilemma: demand is up for buffalo wings, but supply is low. The lack of poultry is so bad in New York State, some owners are calling for a wing boycott on Monday, January 26th.
"They are not hatching as many chickens now," Sandlin explained. "So, as long as they don't, then you are going to have a shortage, and that drives the price up."
Sandlin told NewsWest 9 Friday it's not just the price of hot wings that's going up. He's seen an increase in all chicken products.
"We've been faced with two to three price increases in a year's time. We try to get a contract, where we don't have this problem, but they're reluctant to give you a contract with the way the economy is," Sandlin said.
He explained there's no single, simple reason why multiple poultry farms in Texas have cut back on supply. He said he doesn't expect to see a spike in local prices just for the Super Bowl, but he says the shortage is a concern.