I think the recent high prices are caused by:
1. The holidays and use of wings for party snacks.
2. Football season snacks.
Typical demand price gauging.
But hopefully just a seasonal bump in prices. i refuse to buy them when they are this high but wait for sales and freeze them after a trim and wash.
My wife and I like them with a crunchy coating from the deep fryer along with a mess homemade onion rings or fries and baked beans.