Man charged in connection with 70,000 chicken deaths in Md. - The Washington Post
Mark Shockley, a Delmar farmer, went out to his chickenhouses Saturday morning. No lights were on. No fans, either.
Some 70,000 chickens were dead.
“This is a first for me in my almost 20-year career,” Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office told DelmarvaNow.com. Police say the chickens died after a drunk man on the property for a gathering allegedly went into a shed, possibly looking for a light switch. Instead, he apparently turned off power to the chickenhouses, an act that most likely killed $20,000 worth of chickens within 15 minutes. (via )
This is a horrible consequence for one man’s drunken exploits. That said, I don’t want to think about the conditions in which these chickens are kept if they can die after only 15 minutes without power. Having driven down US-13, I already know what they smell like.