and the fans proved a needed oxygen exchange. Heat could have been a factor too with lack of ventilation as that number of birds may have raised the temperature above that needed to cause hyperthermia.
There is something seriously wrong if a shed of chickens can die in 15 minutes if food, water, and fans are cut off. Obviously it's not lack of food or water that kills them, but over crowding. Without the over crowding, those chickens would still be alive today. This means ANY power outage could cause this loss, whether someone hits utility pole in truck accident, or weather event, or power grid failure. This chicken farmer seemed to have no backup system, and certainly no battery powered warning system that would sound off when the power went out.
of the odium and instant dismissal which it enjoys with the American Public generally.
But food is becoming a major issue. Feed lots are ugly and red meat is bad for you, Chickens are treated inhumanely, loaded with antibiotics and create pollution, though their droppings could generate enough methane in the right equipment to power the whole farm 24/7/365-6 and probably earn returns from the Power Company too.
Truthfully, given the problem of pollution of ground water by intensive cattle raising, sheep raising, piggeries, and poultry production, all of them should have fermentation units big enough to handle the output of the farm to generate a burnable fuel to power the operation and provide excess power to the grid. That only leaves CO2 which massive forestation projects could help solve.
You know, if you could get a bunch of truly committed people together, give them a farm, and massive informational help, the odds are you could create a model farm, with a report showing a clear run-down on the economics of it. Assuming it turned out favourable, it could spread all over the US. An inspection service beginning with one guy to check the operations for environmental safety could ensure that the environment was protected. This is all straight off the top of my head inspired by this topic, but I really think it would work. At the very least, I think it would pay for itself in 5 years, and then significantly reduce electrical consumption by the farm, even if it didn't generate excess power.
This supposedly happened at night, and the temps have been mid 60's. Just heat escaping from upper areas should draw in cooler air by natural flow from lower areas. I think it would be more likely the chickens died in the daytime. The drunk said he had no idea how he got there.
Now, let's imagine something isn't as it appears.
A chicken farmer, who has insurance against his production, but doesn't have a backup system or if both fail he doesn't have a battery operated alarm system to warn him of a power failure. Something happens in the daytime and before it can be repaired by chicken farmer he discovers the chickens have all expired. Maybe he wasn't even thinking that would happen at the time. His insurance covers various things, but not negligence. Therefore some cause that can't lay the blame on him has to be sought. Night falls. A local bar known for drunks staggering out late at night is nearby. A plan is hatched to recover over a quarter million dollars for the loss at $4-5 per chicken, a patsy is needed. Some drunk stumbles out a bar and gets konked over the head and finds himself waking up in an unlocked utility room at a farm he's never worked at nor visited, wondering how the heck he got there. The sheriff is called and told a story, and he arrests the drunk.
I know if I was a defense attorney for this guy, I'd have him checked out for a knot on the head, or some drug other than alcohol remains in his body.
No backup system, or one that works. No alarm to signal power outage. Unlocked door to power boxes room. Something that seemingly has NEVER happened before in the county where chicken farms exist. Something about it all seems very convenient if I was a defense attorney or an insurance investigator.