Poultry farms prepare to lose birds due to propane shortage

Poultry farms prepare to lose birds due to propane shortage

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Many birds could die if they go too long without proper heating. Many birds could die if they go too long without proper heating.
DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Emergency Management Agency officials are preparing for the worst, should large numbers of poultry farmers lose their birds due to a propane shortage.

No losses have been reported so far, but winter weather is expected to pick up again, and they have no idea what next week will hold.

Area poultry farmers are worried they could lose thousands of birds due to the shortage of propane needed to keep their coops heated properly. A major propane supplier to the area said his wholesaler has rationed him from 30 trucks a day to six. Many other commercial users of propane are going without.

DeKalb County EMA Director Anthony Clifton said they have approximately eight farmers who are at critical need for the fuel. If the situation worsens, he expects reports of dead birds to begin over the weekend, and they are preparing ahead of time.

"If the birds do die, we have to get them disposed of within 24 hours. There are companies out there that help us do that, but we are to the point of having to make plans so that it doesn't turn into a public health crisis on top of an economic crisis," said Clifton.

Clifton said as supplies come in, they are directing them to those most in need first.

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