SHEPTON MALLET, ENGLAND - MAY 30: (EDITORS NOTE : (Composite image was created using an iPhone and processed using digital filters) Chickens displayed for judging are pictured on the opening day of the Royal Bath and West Show at the Royal Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet on May 30, 2018 in Somerset, England. (Left to right top row) - A Plymouth Rock Chicken, a game bird, a Silkie chicken, a Silkie hen. (Left to right middle row) - A Silkie hen, an Orpington hen, a freshly laid egg, a Silver Pencilled Hamburgh hen. (Bottom row left to right) - A Leghorn hen, a Belgian Duccle, a Croad Langshan, and a Ancona cockerel. The 155th Royal Bath and West Show, which is a celebration of all things agricultural, is expected to attract 135,000 visitors over four days, featuring livestock, agricultural machinery, trade-stands and locally produced food and drink. First held in 1852 and is one of the oldest surviving agricultural shows in England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
All these poor chickens.
Last week, we had an item talking about the 1.7 million chickens that had died as a result of Hurricane Florence. It turns out that number was pretty conservative.
North Carolina’s Department of Agriculture now reports that 3.4 million chickens drowned as a result of the catastrophic storm. But while those numbers are ginormous, they aren’t considered unusual when viewed against the backdrop of the amount of livestock owned around the country.
These sorts of livestock death tolls are unfortunately far too common because of the difficulty in evacuating from a storm of this magnitude.
Do you think there needs to be more done to protect livestock when these types of storms are being forecast?
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