Bozrah, Conn. – On Saturday, January 28, a devastating fire erupted at Hillandale Farms on Schwartz Road. The blaze killed an estimated 100,000 chickens at the egg-laying facility.
In a news release, Hillandale Farms said:
We can confirm that one chicken house was lost and that no other buildings were compromised. We are deeply grateful that no employees were hurt in the fire.
A September 2022 report from the USDA provides statistics on egg production in the U.S.
Total layers in the United States on September 1, 2022 totaled 372 million, down 3 percent from last year. The 372 million
layers consisted of 305 million layers producing table or market type eggs, 63.0 million layers producing broiler-type
hatching eggs, and 3.55 million layers producing egg-type hatching eggs. Rate of lay per day on September 1, 2022, averaged
79.1 eggs per 100 layers, up 2 percent from September 1, 2021.
State officials and local fire authorities are working with Hillandale Farms to determine the cause of the fire.
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