- Andrea GantzGiroux's Poultry Farm will rebuild after a fire destroyed a barn and 50,000 chickens at its egg operation near Chazy, New York.
Giroux’s Poultry Farm plans to rebuild after a fire destroyed a barn and as many as 50,000 chickens at a company egg operation near Chazy, New York. The cause of the fire, which occurred March 19, has not yet been determined.
“The timing could have been a lot worse. Nobody was hurt. It was a tragedy that we lost the building all of those birds, but it could have been worse. There could have been more damage,” said farm co-owner Craig Giroux.
The barn that burned down was one of five at the farm. A couple hundred thousand chickens living in other barns survived the blaze. Each of those birds lay about one egg every day.
Giroux said the fire started in the back of the barn, which was built just last year to accommodate the farm's growing cage-free operation.
Since the fire occurred, crews have been working hard to get everything cleaned up. Giroux's Poultry Farm hopes that the clean-up process will be finished by the end of the weekend. Then the rebuilding process will begin. Giroux said he expects the replacement barn to be up and running by the fall.
Giroux’s Poultry Farm, according to the WATT Global Media Top Companies Database, is a family owned and operated business that specializes in table eggs, with an estimated 1.5 million laying