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Baby chicks arrived!!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kwcoop, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. kwcoop

    kwcoop Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 12, 2014
    West central Indiana
    Just got 17 new chicks in mail yesterday, hatched on Feb 1. Ordered 4 silver laced Wyandotte, 4 barred rock, 4 australorp, and 3 Americana. There were 2 extras thrown in from hatchery, one of them looks totally different than all the others. It is a uniform brown color, and it's legs are all brown, where the others legs are all yellow. Is it possible this is a little roo of some sort??? I actually would like for it to be as I have no rooster now.
  2. Hholly

    Hholly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2015
    Amo, IN
    It definitely could be a rooster. It's common hatchery practice to add boys to fill out the shipping box. You can post pictures to see if anyone can identify the breed.
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    The extras thrown in are often referred to in the hatchery industry as "packing peanuts" and they are by design males.
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    yes, that's how little value ,hatcheries consider males = packing peanuts

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