Packing peanuts

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Easter eggers, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Easter eggers

    Easter eggers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone gotten 7 or so chicks from Meyer and got packing peanuts
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    It's normal to receive packing peanuts, unless you ask them not to send any. It's how they get rid of the male chicks.
     
  3. Easter eggers

    Easter eggers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you I wanted a few more males
     
  4. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need to call them and let them no I don't want any. We cannot have roosters here.
    OH and I am changing my order anyway so that works.
     
  5. TamTurkey

    TamTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok Now I am curious. How does packing peanuts weed out the males? Are the males the only chicks who will eat them? I have never hear of this.
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Packing peanuts are male chicks...

    They add them to the orders as "warmers" when they ship chicks. So if you order, say 7 female chicks, they through a few male chicks in for free.
     
  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    One reason so many hatcheries have a minimum of chicks, usually 15 or 25, is that the chicks generate heat and keep each other warm enough during shipping. Many hatcheries will add extra chicks, practically always males, to provide this warmth. These are called packing peanuts. The hatcheries hatch more males than they need so this helps get rid of the excess. Whether or not they add packing peanuts depends on the hatchery policy but is also dependent on the weather forecast.

    I've also had hatcheries add additional chicks to what I've ordered that are more of what I ordered in case some die during shipping. If they have extra this doesn't really cost them anything and can make for happier customers. For example, I ordered Black Australorp pullets and got an extra BA pullet. Once i even ordered six straight run Buff Orps. I got seven Buff Orps and all of them turned out to be pullets.

    Yeah, packing peanuts are usually extra males for warmth, but don't go into shock if you see an extra chick and it turns out to be female.
     
  8. happybooker1

    happybooker1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well. You learn something new every day! And I thought 'packing peanuts' were just that!!
     

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