Chicken is the choice of a gourmet and it is rather a house-hold dish no matter who is the consumer – from affluent to foot-path vendors. Its prices in the market shot up many fold with the decline of bird flu effect and the marriage season picking up on the other. Non-vegetarians and most of the vegetarians of late began eating chicken voraciously. Besides, birds were in short supply as the poultry managements gave up going in for a fresh batch due to bird flu plus heat wave killed white birds indiscriminately.
However, a healthy competition prevailed upon the traders to hike the rates hitting the gluttons in a big way. A dressed chicken sold for Rs 152 now costs Rs 178 and a boneless chicken Rs 340. Eggs also became dearer side by side mainly because the demand and supply did not match to some extent. Leave alone the Egg Corporation advertisements on eggs, any doctor advises his patients to take a bite early in the morning itself. Eggs offer 400 percent fat and are recommended for children and patients. In whole sale market 100 eggs were priced at Rs 310 while in retail Rs 400. Meet too turned costlier a kg cost was around Rs 500 and it costs Rs 550 a kg.