Mass Chicken Die-Off In South Carolina
Tragically, thousands of chickens have died on a huge poultry farm in North Carolina, USA, after extreme temperatures gripped the southern United States this week. In Johnston County, which is near Raleigh, the heat wave killed about 50,000 broiler chickens after the power went out for about 45 minutes, according to Gary Rhodes, a spokesman for Colorado-based Pilgrim's Pride Corp., which owned the chickens. Usually, farmers in the southern United States fit poultry barns with automatic cooling systems that stop any of the farms suffering mass die-offs – however, in the case of a power outage, tragedy can strike, as in this sad case. North Carolina is one of the top states in the USA for producing poultry.