so what are "packing peanuts'? i have always either bought chicks from the local farm supply or hatched my own eggs. every since i was a kid i have wanted to buy chicks from the hatchery catalogs. so 3 weeks ago i ordered 18 chicks from Crackle Hatchery and they are due to arrive next week. I'm guessing packing peanuts are extra chicks? what should i expect? are the extras of what ever unsold chicks they have running around? or of the same breeds i ordered? will i get something nice, or a bunch of cockrels? I ordered 6 welsummers, 6 Light Brahmas and 6 Partridge Plymouth rocks. each breed i ordered 5 pullets and 1 cockrels. will they tell me what my peanuts are? or will i have to guess once the mature? I was already excited about the arrival of my chicks, now thinking there might be surpises too!! there should be warnings on this sight, that warns that raising chicks is habit forming! I also have 45 eggs in lock down! if the hatch goes well, and i'm hoping, then i have a coop expansion project coming real soon.