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Zalatix

(8,994 posts)
Sun Sep 2, 2012, 04:05 PM Sep 2012

Okay can you spot the REAL criminals here?

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/man-kills-70000-chickens-while-drunk

Man kills 70,000 chickens while drunk

Joshua Shelton may need a detox. After having one drink too many, Shelton accidentally killed 70,000 chickens.

Joshua D. Shelton must be experiencing the hangover of a lifetime.

According to sheriffs officials, the 21-year-old man of Delmar, Md., was wandering around a poultry farm after one cocktail too many when he turned off the power to three chicken houses, causing the deaths of nearly 70,000 chickens.

Lt. Tim Robinson of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office told DelmarvaNow.com, “This is a first for me in my almost 20-year career."

According to the Washington Post, Shelton was wandering around the farm when he entered a shed and flipped a switch, possibly thinking it was a light switch. But Shelton and the chickens were not so lucky. Shelton instead hit the power switch which "most likely killed $20,000 worth of chickens within 15 minutes," according to police.

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Okay can you spot the REAL criminals here? (Original Post) Zalatix Sep 2012 OP
"Criminal" is strictly a bureaucratic term, but I personally find the conditions ZombieHorde Sep 2012 #1
A more classic case of Animal Cruelty is hard to find. Zalatix Sep 2012 #6
All I see is chickens. hobbit709 Sep 2012 #2
I'm still not sure how they all died in 15 minutes arcane1 Sep 2012 #3
Probably the ventilation system cut off. hobbit709 Sep 2012 #4
Those chickens look really good right now :p darkangel218 Sep 2012 #5
What happens if there's a power outage? drm604 Sep 2012 #7
Either the CO2 or the heat. But either way you hit the nail right on the head. Zalatix Sep 2012 #8
Seriously poor engineering also Confusious Sep 2012 #15
I'm guessing it's not the drunk guy. Initech Sep 2012 #9
70,000 chickens = $20,000.00 Downwinder Sep 2012 #10
What?? one chicken only 20 cents?? darkangel218 Sep 2012 #12
Gives a whole new meaning to 50 cent wing night. limpyhobbler Sep 2012 #13
yikes. n/t limpyhobbler Sep 2012 #11
What the pluck? Ezlivin Sep 2012 #14

ZombieHorde

(29,047 posts)
1. "Criminal" is strictly a bureaucratic term, but I personally find the conditions
Sun Sep 2, 2012, 04:08 PM
Sep 2012

those chickens live in to be extremely terrible.

 

arcane1

(38,613 posts)
3. I'm still not sure how they all died in 15 minutes
Sun Sep 2, 2012, 04:11 PM
Sep 2012

The conditions are horrible, but the article wasn't clear on what killed them, just that the power was shut off.

He did them a favor, IMO

drm604

(16,230 posts)
7. What happens if there's a power outage?
Sun Sep 2, 2012, 04:17 PM
Sep 2012

I know there are probably backup generators but what if they fail to start or fail during a long power outage?

I'm trying to imagine what could kill them in less than 15 minutes. Are they packed in so tightly that the CO2 buildup kills them without constant artificial circulation?

 

Zalatix

(8,994 posts)
8. Either the CO2 or the heat. But either way you hit the nail right on the head.
Sun Sep 2, 2012, 04:19 PM
Sep 2012

70,000 chickens could die if the power goes off for 15 minutes.

Something is horribly, criminally wrong with that setup.

Confusious

(8,317 posts)
15. Seriously poor engineering also
Sun Sep 2, 2012, 05:21 PM
Sep 2012

They couldn't spend $5 for a switch protector to stop people from thinking it was a light switch?

Initech

(99,772 posts)
9. I'm guessing it's not the drunk guy.
Sun Sep 2, 2012, 04:21 PM
Sep 2012

But this story is definitely ranking about a 9 out of 10 on my WTF-o-meter.

Ezlivin

(8,153 posts)
14. What the pluck?
Sun Sep 2, 2012, 04:32 PM
Sep 2012

I've heard of living life on "the edge", but this is ridiculous.

That many chickens were just one power outage from death? Damn, that's a sorry system.

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