Chicken Wings

Here’s What Happens to the 650 Million Wingless Chickens Post-Super Bowl

Americans were predicted to consume 1.3 billion chicken wings during the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl has come and gone, but you might be thinking, just what happens to the rest of the chicken left over after the predicted 1.3 billion chicken wings is consumed during Super Bowl 50? This amount of chicken wings is enough to put 600 wings on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums, according to The Huffington Post, and equivalent to 162.5 million pounds of chicken wings, according to the National Chicken Council.

Tom Super, spokesperson for The National Chicken Council, tells The Huffington Post, “It's supply and demand. So if Buffalo Wild Wings is going to buy a bunch more wings for the Super Bowl, and everyone is doing that, the demand is going to be higher. There’s only a certain supply because the chicken has two wings.” He adds that it "doesn’t mean the chicken drum sticks are going to get thrown out. It just means they’re available for a lower price.”

Americans Will Eat a Record 1.3 Billion Chicken Wings During Super Bowl 50

Super explains that for the chickens produced by the United States, only about 10 percent are ‘marketed whole chickens,’ and the rest is chopped and divided into thighs, legs, wings, sausages, patties, etc. Excess product that is not in high demand is stored in large coolers or sold to wholesalers that will keep and store the chicken.