The next time you're stuck paying premium for a package of factory-farmed chicken you can blame some overweight roosters who can't get the job done with their female counterparts. Or, you can blame humanity's need to tinker with genetics, because that seems totally safe, right? It appears that a particular breed of chicken known as the Ross, which makes up 25% of chicken meat in the US, has had some breeding difficulty of late, according to the Post. As a result, poultry prices are once again on the rise to the tune of 1.3% nationally, or about $1.50 per pound for a whole bird.

Chicken producer Sanderson Farms, which produces over 9.375 million chickens per week, saw 17% of their fertilized eggs fail to hatch last year. Befuddled, they hired a scientist, who revealed that an "'undisclosed' genetic tweak" made the birds susceptible to overfeeding, which caused infertility in the males. "We fed him too much. He got fat. When he got big, he didn't breed as much as he was intended to," CFO Mike Cockrell—whose last name is really truly Cockrellexplained to Reuters. "The fertilization went way down, and our hatch has been way down." At least fat roosters are happy roosters? Better than frozen balls!

We should be accustomed to rising food costs whether by fault of man or nature's wrath at...being messed with by man. Still, the Post managed to find some indignant shoppers at the Upper West Side Fairway. "It's insane...they have no business messing with chicken's genetics," opined shopper Debbie Ramos. "It's ridiculous. Prices are too high already, especially in New York! I'm outraged." Just wait until someone tells her what's really in her sushi.