person selecting chicken at store

Shoppers may soon be facing another price hike at the grocery store, this time for chicken. Between rising inflation, an ongoing bird flu outbreak, and the war in Ukraine, experts are predicting the historically cheap grocery staple may soon become much less affordable (via The Guardian and USDA).

As Silver Lake Farms notes, the relative ease of farming the animal, its nutritional value, and its versatility make chicken an ideal meal — especially for families on a budget. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, beef products on average in cities ranged in price from between $4.76 to $10.66 per pound in March of this year, while chicken cost between $1.72 per pound for a whole bird and $3.87 per pound for boneless, skinless breast.

Per the USDA report predicting increases in the cost of food for 2022, an outbreak of bird flu (which isn’t transmissible to humans through food, but is highly contagious amongst birds) led experts to predict poultry price increases between 7.5% to 8.5%. The CDC reports 29 states have now been impacted by the outbreak, leading to the slaughter or death of over 35 million birds.