Connecticut State Inspectors say Remaining Lebanon Chickens Healthy

May 2, 2016 02:28 PM
Connecticut State Inspectors say Remaining Lebanon Chickens Healthy

Connecticut agriculture officials say the remaining chickens at a Lebanon egg farm which suffered a devastating fire this week are healthy and their eggs are safe for humans to eat.

Department of Agriculture officials conducted a second inspection on Friday at the Hillandale Farms egg-production facility, known locally as Kofkoff Egg Farms, where 80,000 chickens were killed in Tuesday's blaze.

Friday's inspection, a follow-up to another one conducted Wednesday morning, determined the fire was confined to a single coop containing the 80,000 birds. State inspectors found no adverse effects on the remaining, approximately 1.5 million chickens at the farm.

Water, electricity and feeding systems were restored Wednesday and state officials said production has returned to normal levels.

Fire investigators say the blaze was likely caused by an overheated electric motor.

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