packing peanuts question...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BellLisamo, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    Do most hatcheries do it? Like say i order 17 chicks from ideal. What fills a box? 25? So theyd add 8 peanuts?
    Hows it work?
  2. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    North Kohala, Hawaii
    25 is not a magic number, but it is the number that most hatcheries feel comfortable with. Order 22, youʻll probably get 22 but order 17 and you are almost sure to get unwanted cockerels or "peanuts". Often they are meat breeds, so grow them out quick and plan a barbeque for 12 weeks from now.
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Call the hatchery and ask them. I thought you had to buy the minimum number before they'd accept your order. I thought the packing peanuts were added if your order is above the minimum but less than enough to fill the box. Some hatcheries will honor your request if you do NOT want any extras. Some folks don't mind getting them, often they're roos worthy of a dinner invitation.
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Most orders include them just in case of any problems, normally 25 is the comfortable number.

  5. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    thanks for the help!
  6. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    Hagerstown, IN
    I ordered 12 Barr Rock Pullets from Ideal. Since my order was less than 25 they charged me a $7.00 small order fee. They put 7 RIR "packing peanuts" in with my shipment. I was sent a total of 19 chicks. Most of the RIR packing peanuts ended up being roosters. I'm going to put all the roosters in the freezer when they get to about 15 weeks or so.
  7. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

    Feb 7, 2009
    Tombstone, AZ
    ok if i order 28 houdans from cackle, you think there will be packing peanuts?

    anyone know a magic number? id love to have packing peanuts... its like opening a cereal box and getting an extra prize! ahhaa
  8. animal nut

    animal nut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    S. E Ohio
    I ordered for Mt. Healthy here in Ohio last fall. 15 Goldend Comets I received 16 pullets in the order. I suppose it is different at every hatchery and temperture and distance my play a part in the peanuts. I just ordered from Ideal and will be receiving the chicks 3/4. I am now interested in how many I will get, I ordered 20.
  9. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    I have been ording from Cackle for years. Never had any problem with them. I have always ordered 25 or more at a time. They have never sent "peanuts". They have instead sent 1 or 2 extra of the same breed that I ordered. This year is will be OEG bantams (crele) and some Marans. I can't wait.
  10. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I ordered 14 chicks from Ideal at the end of November (I'm in KY) and I got 14 chicks. No packing peanuts!

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