Heater birds

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by clarkechick, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. clarkechick

    clarkechick Songster

    May 24, 2011
    My neighbor just took 10 chicks home from a local store because they were "leftovers" and being neglected. The person at the store said that they had been heater birds from orders of turkeys. I have been holding my tounge, but aren't heater birds (to fill up the shipping box and keep everyone warm) usually males? Six of the 10 died, like I said, neglected leftovers, but she has 4 who are going strong. We live in a very suburban neighborhood and I am afraid that she is going to have 4 crowing roosters who will NOT be very popular!!

    Am I wrong about the heater birds?

    (I happend to pick up my first 3 chicks this year as well, but they are sexed so HOPEFULLY all ladies)
  2. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    The "heater birds" - a lot of folks here call them "packing peanuts" - are often cockerels, but not always. I guess it's possible that the hatchery may have had extra pullets for some reason. [​IMG]

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