Heater birds

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

  1. clarkechick

    clarkechick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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