Identifying packing peanuts

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LilyD, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone tell me what breed my packing peanuts are? I ordered some light brahma pullets and I can tell which ones those are but they came with 11 chicks that I didn't order with reddish backs and white bellies and on some of them even their wings. I have never owned a chicken with these markings so I figured I would ask the experts.

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  2. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Packing peanuts are male chicks to add more warmth for your pullets.
     
  3. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I know that lol I am just wondering what breed they might be I have never seen the coloration before. They are red with white bellies orange feet and some have white wings.
     
  4. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Sorry I honestly don't know what breed your packing peanuts are but enjoy your new babies.
     
  5. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you go to the McMurray hatchery site, and look thru the breeds, there will be photos of chicks of the breeds they sell. You might be able to identify them there. As noted, they are almost 100% likely to be males unless their sexers made a mistake, and if they are a sex-linked breed (hybrids, male and female chicks can be differentiated by color/markings) you can be absolutely sure they are boys. If you must know, you could probably contact the hatchery and describe or send a picture and they can tell you what they are.
     
  6. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Maybe male RIRs or production reds?
     
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Sounds like Production Reds.
     
  8. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got them from Ideal hatchery and was just curious I know RIR and Production reds are usually all red chicks these have a lot of white on their bellies.
     
  9. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
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  10. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay I talked to Ideal and they said they were production reds. I have never seen one with white wings and belly before though. They are super cute but don't seem as hearty as the Brahmas I ordered. The Brahmas are running around and the production reds are sitting under the light looking cold still. Temp in the brooder is good I think they just are still cold from the trip, but who knows.
     

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