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Discussion in 'Buy Sell Auction - Archives' started by songbird, Feb 19, 2009.
Sorry for the silly question, but I'm new to this scene!
Extra chicks (all males) throw into your chick shipment for extra warmth.
In a few months the packing peanuts turn into dinner!!
Yes hatcheries put in packing peanuts for warm and to fill up your order box. They are of any choice the hatcheries wants.
Not all are male. There have been a couple people on here that had some nice RIR pullets and such. They just add them for warmth.
Okay, so this comes back to my other thread on caponing! I do not especially want roosters, and we do not eat meat so that's not an option. When you order all sexed chicks, can you request no "packing peanuts??"
I think it depends on the hatchery from which you're ordering, songbird. I ordered from Ideal and they do allow you to request no packing peanuts. I don't know if all the hatcheries allow this, though. From what hatchery are you thinking about ordering?
One thing that appears to make a huge difference is WHEN you place the order. In colder weather and with a small order they pretty much feel they HAVE to add extra chicks in order for them to survive. I think 25 is pretty much the minimum to avoid the little peanuts. I recently received an order of 19 from Ideal....they included 11 peanuts making a total of 30 chicks! One was an extra Silkie, however. We think at least one of the (RIR) peanuts is a girl.
I don't suggest caponizing unless you are ready to lose some birds. Caponizing was a common practice for removing the testicles of male birds that were going to be used for meat. So...they will grow to a large proportion and won't live a good life after they gain their excess weight.
You could try contacting the hatchery, but you'd have better success in giving away the packing peanuts when you receive your order.
Ideal don't charge you for the extras??