Up to 50,000 chickens were lost at the Lincoln Premium Poultry facility, south of Monroe.
A mechanical issue in at least two chicken coops led to the deaths of approximately 30,000 to 50,000 chickens, according to Platte County Sheriff's Office.
The facility reported the loss Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities say the investigation is only just now beginning. They have no suspects at this time. If someone is arrested and tried, the charges would depend on the amount of financial loss.