Chicken vendors expect sales to slump after the recent outbreaks of bird flu. But one vendor said a possible shortfall in supply - due to the thousands of chickens that have been slaughtered - was the least of their worries. 'If there's no business, why bother worrying about whether I can get enough chickens for the Chinese New Year?' said Yau Lau Kam-chi, 45, at a Wan Chai market. She blamed media coverage for poor sales. 'They are scaring people away from eating chickens,' she said. 'It used to take me less than a day to sell one shipment of chickens, but it is now taking days.' Another poultry vendor at the market, Janis Alli, was more optimistic. 'Maybe after three weeks or a month things will be okay.' he said. 'It took about the same time for sales to improve after previous outbreaks.' Wholesaler Chan Hung said at a Causeway Bay market: 'I used to sell twice as many chickens during the Chinese New Year, but this year the restaurants are buying fewer chickens.' But he believes sales will rise by about two-thirds over the Lunar New Year. And he is not worried about the possibility of fewer supplies. 'I'm buying mainland chickens from the wholesale market in Cheung Sha Wan, so there should be no effect on me,' he said.