updated 2/3/2011 9:24:19 PM ET 2011-02-04T02:24:19

Agriculture officials say the collapse of a farm building because of heavy snow has killed 85,000 egg-laying hens.

Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky said Thursday the chicken coop collapsed Jan. 27 at the Kofkoff Egg Farm in Connecticut. He says the number of hens killed was reported to the state recently. He says the dead birds were incinerated.

Farm representative Ken Pauze confirms the hens died but won't comment further.

The state says back-to-back snowstorms and a recent ice storm have brought down the roofs of more than 130 barns, greenhouses, equipment buildings and other farm buildings. More than a dozen dairy cows, two horses and a calf have been killed in building collapses.

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