Chickens died in Delaware, not Maryland
The Maryland Department of Agriculture said it was mistaken Tuesday when Secretary Earl "Buddy" Hance reported, in his preliminary assessment of crop damage due to Hurricane Irene, that 30,000 Maryland chickens had perished. It turns out the deaths occurred in Delaware's portion of the Delmarva Peninsula.
"In Maryland, we had no chicken mortalities during Irene," said Maryland Agriculture Department spokeswoman Julie Oberg. The Delaware chickens died when a chicken house flooded, she said.
Delmarva produces over 600 million chickens a year, the industry says. Proportionately, at least, "even that 30,000 is relatively small," Oberg said.