By far, gas to run heaters is the most expensive aspect of poultry production.
Young chickens have to be kept near 90 degrees but that decreases as the bird gets older. During a six week growing period in the winter, a farmer can burn as much as 2,000 gallons of gas per house.
Farmers say increasing gas prices hit them particularly hard because they have to keep their chickens warm, and they're unable to pas along their higher costs like most other businesses do.
Poultry experts say it could be years before there is long-term relief from the higher prices.
For now, they're advising the growers to make sure their farms operate as efficiently as possible.
The federal government expects it to take three to four months to repair hurricane damage to oil and gas facilities, which means there's no end to the increasing gas prices in sight.
Experts at Auburn University say they plan to test burning hay, used motor oil and even used restaurant grease as possible fuel sources.
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