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Queensland hail storm kills 800 chickens at Tansey, west of Gympie

By Donna Field and Jacqui Street, Friday October 12, 2018 - 15:53 EDT
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Chicken farmer Leanne Geri says her farm suffered $300,000 of damage. - ABC

As if drought was not enough, Thursday afternoon's wild hail storm and tornado has left egg producer Leanne Geri with the unenviable task of picking up about 800 dead chickens.

Fighting back tears, the chicken farmer from the tiny town of Tansey, west of Gympie, said the past year had been tough for the region, but

"It's been very, very dry and then this storm is just devastating," she said.

"Might have lost 800, it's hard to tell.

"There's quite a few dead down there. They got slammed, or wet and cold, and died.

"We'll have to go down and pick all of those up and compost them."

The farm's laying sheds were lifted off the ground and tossed about in the tornado that hit Tansey.

Twisted metal has been wrapped around trees, while other sheds ended up in the nearby creek and the solar panels that powered the farm have been destroyed.

Ms Geri said it was a relief no one was hurt, but the damage bill will be around $300,000.

She said the farm would need to think about what it would do next "because we probably can't afford to replace the sheds".

"We don't make huge money. We were just starting to feel like we were getting to the end of it," she said.

"It was going well and it's gone."

For now, Ms Geri said the focus would be on getting a safe place for the remaining chickens to lay and a generator to provide power.

"The electric fence that we've got in doesn't work at the moment, so that's another thing that we have to fix before foxes get to the remainder of the chooks," she said.


© ABC 2018

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