Russian Chickens Seen Dying as Farmers Underfeed Birds

Thousands of chicken died at poultry farms in Russia’s Kirov area after owners underfed the birds, according to a regional branch of the country’s food safety agency.

At least 75,000 chickens died since Oct. 5 at several farms in Kirov, the service, known as Rosselkhoznadzor, said yesterday on its website.

Owners reduced the amount of feed to 12 metric tons daily instead of a 30-ton norm at one of the farms, it said. Rosselkhoznadzor officials are investigating, the agency said, without elaborating on possible reasons for the underfeeding.

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