Chickie Mamma gave us her peanuts

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PurpleChicken, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    So we met Chickie Mamma and her DH today (NICE FOLKS). She
    gave us 3 silkies and a Phoenix. She asked me if we were
    interested in her packing peanuts that arrived this morning from Ideal.

    Who am I to turn down chicks. I figured 5 or 6 Leghorns would be in
    the box. Nope, there were 15 Australorp chicks and 3 Cochins of
    some sort.

    They will be raised with love and used as fryers unless homes are found.
    One of the Cochins enjoyed sleeping in my wife's hair. [​IMG]









  2. dave_Cash69

    dave_Cash69 Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    too bad you live in Ct. i'd sure take em.
  3. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Far SW VA
    i have a very dumb question maybe some one can help and this looks like the post to ask. What is a packing peanut and why?
  4. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    That second picture is so cute. The chick is looking up at the camera, looks like he is saying "Did he just say fryers????" haha that gave me a chuckle. They sure are cute.
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:A packing peanut is what they call the extra chicks (usually roos) that the hatchery includes in your order for warmth.

    Cute chicks PC! [​IMG]
  6. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Quote:A packing peanut is a male chick the hatcheries use for extra warmth
    when shipping chicks, especially this time of the year.

    It's sad but there is a much higher demand for hens than roos. Most
    standard roo chicks are used as packing peanuts, snake food, fertilizer,
    and even thrown into dumpsters alive to die. They have very little or
    no value.

    We have ordered them a few times to use as fryers. Unlike a Cornish
    which get's to big to fry these roos will provide 3 pounds of meat at
    12 weeks.

    We will raise them with love and care and they will provide my family
    with fresh meat. It's better than a slow death for them and it's better
    for us not to support factory farming.
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Songster

    Jan 31, 2009
    Aww! Too cute, I hope you enjoy them!

  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    They are adorable!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

    Apr 20, 2008
    Sherman, CT
    They look so happy! I know they went to a good home. They are sooo big compared to the little bantams that were in the box. Have fun with them, some of the australorps (sp) had beautiful markings on their faces, almost...couldn't...resist... [​IMG]
    Thanks for making it so easy for me to rehome the silkies and the peanuts!
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Quote:My pleasure. Thanks. My wife fell in love with those two white silkies.
    The black roo is establishing his place in the flock. Him and my Red Silkie
    roo will need to get used to each other. The Phoenix is roosting high
    to stay out of the action. She is SO SWEET and has already become a
    favorite. I'll get pics tommorow.

    Oh, not one crow yet. [​IMG]

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