Maryland’s chickens survived Hurricane Irene, but 57,000 poultry deaths have been reported in Delaware. (Seth Perlman/AP)

Julie Oberg, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Agriculture, told the Associated Press Thursday that the erroneous report was a mix-up resulting from a conference call with Delaware officials.

The Delaware State Veterinarian’s Office has received reports of 57,000 poultry deaths due to Irene, said the AP.

Maryland’s chickens weren’t quite so lucky in 1999, when Hurricane Floyd drowned thousands of them.