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La Grange WI huge commercial chicken farm fire

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Gargoyle, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Crowing

    Apr 13, 2011
    Fox Valley, IL
    My Coop
    Jan 31 2014

    A four alarm fire destroyed a barn at a large southeastern Wisconsin egg farm. Estimated 300,000 chickens lost. S&R Egg Farm is a third-generation, family-owned business founded in 1958, the 800 acre farm has 2.4 million hens and produces 2 million eggs a day. They have 14 other barns that weren't damaged. Crews from three counties pumped over 500,000 gallons of water in a 16-hour battle against a blaze. The multi-story two year old barn was 20,000 square feet.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2014

  2. Chickenpen

    Chickenpen In the Brooder

    Dec 22, 2013
    Norman, Oklahoma
    I am so sorry to hear this. I cannot picture the size; it is so large.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    What a horrible thing to happen! I can't picture those kind of numbers. I suppose out of 2.5 million hens , 300,000 doesn't seem that much to the owners. Two million eggs a day - good grief.
  4. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Crowing

    Apr 13, 2011
    Fox Valley, IL
    My Coop
    On a business that scale they would likely more focused on the loss of the building and the basic logistics of replacing the birds. But you never know, it is a family owned business, I'm sure they are horrified but need to go forward with the business.
  5. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    What a sad thing. Chicken farmers place so much trust in a system that can so easily break down! I can imagine the loss is devastating. Hopefully they will rebuild and continue with their business!

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