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Millions of chickens euthanized during pandemic

Farmers are overwhelmed by their livestock

Amanda M posted in Chicken

25w ago

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Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. in Georgetown, Delaware, USA, reported one of the companies they trade with has euthanized almost two million chickens due to decreased consumer demand and lack of workforce amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The "depopulation" occurred at several farms throughout the states of Delaware and Maryland.

Farmers across the country are not able to keep up with their growing livestock, which they are unable to process and sell. Chicks grow in just a few months, and with meat processing plants closing their doors, consumer demand declining, and prices soaring, farmers face no other choice than to, well, eliminate their inventories.

Photo by Daniel Tuttle on Unsplash

Photo by Daniel Tuttle on Unsplash

A farmer in Minnesota killed off over 60,000 of his chickens due to lack of demand for eggs. Apparently demand for eggs, milk, and some fresh vegetables is on a sharp decline in the States. Just one month ago, it was challenging to find a pack of eggs in any grocery store.

With millions of Americans out of work and waiting in miles-long lines for food, it is shocking to hear of such waste. Even prior to this pandemic, many Americans suffered from chronic hunger. As of right now, it is said the chickens will be used for pet food purposes...

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Comments (9)

  • I don’t want to sound like to much of a (bleep)hole, but I hope things turn around quick and he ends up on the short end and realizes how dumb he is to have cut nose off despite his dumb butt face. I mean that is very selfish of him. He could have gotten with a local food pantry and donated the xtra eggs. My friend owns a car tune shop but he has a bunch of chicken at home ( you know as random people do hahaha ). He has been giving his xtra eggs out to people he know ( such as myself ) who are out of work because of covid or who have kids so they can worry about spending money on other things than finding and buy eggs.

    This prick could take a lesson from my friend and I am sure hundreds of other people across the WORLD who do similar things for their fellow man/woman.

    Sorry this was long

      5 months ago
    • No worries, Derek. I can agree with you. I've not heard officially if these farmers are giving away at least some of their excess supply but I hope they are. I agree it is a terrible waste when thousands of people are waiting in lines across the...

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        5 months ago
    • I completely agree, there has to be a much better way to handle the situation. There are many food pantries and charities that could surely have benefited from extra eggs. So sad πŸ˜”

        5 months ago
  • This makes no sense to me and angers me greatly. So much waste of food and life. There are hundreds of alternatives to get the animals to people and agencies that can use and process them instead of killing 60,000 of them. That's 60,000 hungry families that are missing out on potential meals.

    Sorry, I get heated at the waste of food. I manage my local food bank and see hungry people trying to feed their families everyday. Even before this pandemic lockdown. In my field, I've met dozens of people and agencies that work day and night to simply source food for the food banks and hungry people. They'd all cry over this wasteful loss. I can't imagine that there was zero local and/or state alternative to a mass killing off of livestock without the intent of process. πŸ˜”πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

      5 months ago
  • We are STILL having shortages at our stores!!! It is less a lack of demand and more a lack of supply. I know because a bunch of my people are asking me for eggs!

      5 months ago
    • I live in central Pennsylvania, supplied by some of those farms.

        5 months ago
    • So....just spitballing here. Perhaps look into the egg white and liquid egg distribution market? If one has a surplus of eggs that may go stale; maybe branch out into areas that have a longer shelf life. In our household I have all 3, eggs, egg...

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        5 months ago
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