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AL poultry growers face devastation after storms

PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (AP) - Some Alabama poultry producers are struggling to decide what's next after devastating tornadoes that destroyed their operations and killed millions of chickens.

Growers such as Tom Parker were left with nothing. An April 27 tornado demolished his six large chicken houses, killed 140,000 2-day-old chickens and destroyed the family home.

Other Alabama poultry growers are faced with similar losses from storms that tore through the heart of 1 of the state's most prolific industries. Officials estimate storms killed 3.2 million chickens and destroyed more than 200 chicken houses across the state.

Ray Hilburn, membership director of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, says the devastation shouldn't affect chicken or egg prices because the poultry business is so large in Alabama. But he noted that some growers "lost everything."

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