Can I raise freebie packing peanut roo with cornish cross? aaarrgh!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by turtlebird, May 7, 2011.

  1. turtlebird

    turtlebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Picked up my box of cornish X from the P.O. this morning, only to find that my order (NO FREEBIE ROOSTER SPECIFIED) indeed contained a packing peanut. Oh, and he is soooooo cute. Can he be raised alongside my piggie cornish X's (which will have feed 12 hours on/12 hours off after day 5). Or should he be raised separately....or does he need company? I am afraid if I go to the feed store to get 2-3 friends, it will turn into 6 (2x3=6...right) which would be a total of 7 more chickens. Laying coop is already at max of 17 (1 year old) ladies. AARRRRGGGHHH! What do I do? Darn packing peanut [​IMG] Did I mention how cute he is? [​IMG]
     
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  2. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    I would give it a try. If the lights go off at night he should be sleeping or at least less active so the lack of food at night shouldn't be an issue. Chicks with a momma hen don't eat at night. I would keep an eye out and make sure he isn't getting squashed by the dinosaurs when they get significantly larger than him.

    Other issues are:
    are you allowed to have roosters where you have your chickens?
    do you already have roosters? If you do there very well could be competition issues.

    Are you sure it's a rooster or did you just assume it was?

    Good luck.
     
  3. hlf1996

    hlf1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    picture please [​IMG]
     
  4. CheekyChooks

    CheekyChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aww, whats a packing peanut? [​IMG]
     
  5. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Quote:A packing peanut is an extra chicken thrown in for free usually to make a shipment large enough that the combined body heat keeps the chicks warm enough to reach their destination alive. They are usually roosters.
     
  6. CheekyChooks

    CheekyChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ohhh ... do most people keep their packing peanuts? Seems rather sad for the peanut ... can we have a picture?? :)
     
  7. turtlebird

    turtlebird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am presently w/o a rooster, as the last roo-cifer made a oneway trip to freezer camp just last week. Yes I can have roosters, very rural. I am assuming it is a rooster, as the free exotic chic from Murray McMurray typically is. I do feel bad for all those extra roos that nobody wants....I am just a little nervous about raising him with, as you stated so perfectly, the dinosaurs! So, if he can make it....and can be solitary from week 8 to integration with my present flock of ladies, I am all for it!
    Thanks for your input [​IMG]
    I am going to go and see how photogenic the little bugger is~!
     

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