Local Poultry Farmers Say Propane Shortage Could Be Devastating

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A nationwide propane fuel shortage is having a trickle down effect on local poultry growers.   Many of them depend on propane to keep their chicken houses warm so their chicks don’t freeze to death.

“About three weeks ago is when everything started,” said a local grower who did not want his name used.  “They started rationing the gas.  They got it down to where we could only get 50% in a 1,000 gallon tank.”

But now, he says the fuel shipments have completely stopped.  Many propane companies, fed by the same supplier, have cut off farmers and industrial customers so they can keep supplying homes.

“If I don’t get any gas from what I’ve got right now, I’ll have 98,000 birds dead.   That’s a lot of chickens.”

The farmer told us that will be a loss of $45,000.   He says there are really no options right now to save his investment.