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More than 41,000 chickens suffocated after power was knocked out at the Cummins Unit's poultry farm, a prison official reported Monday.

A tractor driver hit poles at the farm in August, resulting in a seven-hour power outage, Arkansas Department of Correction Director Wendy Kelley wrote in her monthly report to the board Monday.

"The generator did not operate correctly so there was no ventilation in the houses," Kelley wrote.

The prison farm is moving forward to replace the birds and to install a backup generator, Kelley wrote.

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  • Happy1234
    September 28, 2015 at 12:31 p.m.

    Begin typing here... Raising chickens at a prison farm. Isn't that slave labor at it's finest.
    How many jobs on the outside does that displace?
    It's hard to compete with free labor.

  • RaylanGivens
    September 28, 2015 at 12:47 p.m.

    Gives new meaning to choking the chicken

  • GCW
    September 28, 2015 at 8:26 p.m.

    Where was the animal cruelty film crew? They missed an opportunity.

  • carpenterretired
    September 28, 2015 at 8:31 p.m.

    Finally successful death penalty in Arkansas prison system.

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