VELLORE: About 4,000 hens and chicks perished in the poultry farms belonging to a person in Kaliammanpatti in Samiarmalai village near Gudiyatham in the last one week.

Enquiries revealed that the mass deaths were caused by the failure of the poultry owner to feed the hens, owing to the non-availability of feed due to the lorry strike in Karnataka. The poultry died gradually due to starvation, it was stated. — Special Correspondent

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