In South Carolina, 16 farms have fallen victim to attacks on chickens, leaving 300,000 birds dead in a two week period.
The Charlotte Observer reports the attackers must have been knowledgeable about alarm systems used in chicken houses. Heat, air conditioning and ventilation units are controlled by the alarm systems. Chickens have to be maintained at 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and chicks have to be maintained at 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
All of the chickens killed were being raised for Pilgrim’s Pride, located in Colorado. The attacks cost farm operators a total of about $1.7 million.
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