Roo's Used As Packing Material???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by frizzlemom, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. frizzlemom

    frizzlemom In the Brooder

    Oct 22, 2008
    I ordered a dozen frizzle chicks from Ideal last week, I didn't really want 25, so they put some male chicks in the order to make a full box so they'd stay warm. I never knew they did this, and what do people do with the roo's used as styrofoam peanuts?? I will keep them and raise them along with my frizzles, but I'm sure not everyone can/will do this. I feel sorry for the poor, unwanted, discarded little guys. Some of them look like Ameracaunas and some are big white chicks.

    My husband said, "great, now you'll want to start a chicken rescue for the "Packing Material Roo's". Hmmm, that might just be an idea!

  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    At 10 - 12 weeks you can harvest them for your table. They make excellent fryers.
  3. michellelei1

    michellelei1 In the Brooder

    Oct 24, 2008
    Brockton, MA
    I don't think they should do that because some people are'nt allowed to keep roosters in there city or town but also i think they have to because not a lot of people order roos and then what are the going to do with them
  4. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Songster

    Jun 7, 2008
    Scappoose Oregon
    Put a free rooster ad on Craigslist and they'll be gone in a day or two especially if you keep them to the point of being mostly feathered out.
  5. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    I didn't now that anyone was shipping chicks this time of year? Everyone I contacted said they are done until spring.
  6. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    I hope they put a ton in my box. I ordered chicks for the 1st time and they were shipped yesterday but not here yet:( I'm hoping they put extras in there to keep the 30 I ordered warm. I am so scared for my chicks and I know I never should have ordered them in the winter.
  7. chickencoop31320

    chickencoop31320 Have bator, will hatch

    Sep 24, 2008
    Southeast Georgia
    I just ordered from Ideal too, I purposely ordered 26 chicks to avoid getting "packing roos". On their ordering policies page it states that if you order less than a certain amount, they will add extra male chicks for warmth. It also states that if you do not want them added you can purchase insurance for your order instead.

    Missprissy is right too... Fried chicken sure is yummy...
    I'm sure there are worse things done with "unwanted/unordered" male chicks.
    Good luck:)
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2008
  8. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

    Jun 27, 2008
    West Central Ohio
    Quote:The problem with that is that the hatchery doesn't know your areas laws and ordinances. Using the roosters as "packing peanuts" is good because it puts them to good use, instead of being thrown out to die and starve like some hatcheries do that only sell female chickens for factory egg production. So be thankful that these guys get a chance at life.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2008
  9. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    I don't understand why they don't just accomodate the number, and hand out smaller boxes you know? The hatchery we got our chicks from here in Canada uses order # appropriate boxes, the minimum order is like 10, and we ordered 15, and they came in a teeny weeny box, and were all very happy and snuggly warm.
  10. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Because if they don't put so many in a box the chicks will freeze. A smaller box wouldn't really help. Less chicks=colder temps in the box=cold chicks. The point of the roos is to help keep the others warm. The colder the weather you ship in the more important it is and the more roos you're likely to get. You could argue for heat packs though. When I ordered live fish and aquatics online they just put in hand warmers. The other thing is if they don't send you the roos they kill them off themselves. If they send them out a few people might keep them and many more will live for at least awhile before they are turned into dinner. Whatever you do with them they have a better fate than if the hatchery had to deal with them.

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