Pilgrim's lost 50,000 broiler chickens in North Carolina after one of its farms lost power for 45 minutes, according to reports.
North Carolina was one of several states under a heat advisory at the time, with heat indexes reaching over 100 degrees. According to the North Carolina Poultry Federation, most poultry barns in the area employ cooling systems that use fans to push mists of water over the birds or pull air through the sheds at high speeds. "With the new ventilation systems in these houses, [the birds] can handle the heat pretty good," said Bob Ford, executive director of the Federation. "Most everybody's converted their houses to that type of system."