What to do with packing peanuts???

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ChickenLVR, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. ChickenLVR

    ChickenLVR Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone!
    I need some advice! I have 8 silkie chicks coming from ideal next week to start our very first little backyard flock! The problem is, along with those 8 silkies will be 15-16 packing peanuts...and I am not sure what to do with them. That seems like an aweful lot. I definitely cannot keep them all (or really, any of them, especially once they begin to crow) I also know some of my silkies are likely to be males as well, so I will be needing to find them a new home at some point too...anyone have any advice on what to do with them? I cannot possibly kill sweet baby chicks...especially 16 of them. I would feel like some sort of crazed murderer. What is the most humane way to kill them anyway? ugh...I so didnt count on this being a part of our chicken experience! I know I can just get the insurance on the package and not have the packing peanuts, but I am worried my 8 would be in danger without them (hence the need for insurance...) Whats a chicken lover to do???

    Thanks all!
     
  2. hannahransom

    hannahransom Out Of The Brooder

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    try to sell or give them away?
     
  3. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would take them to your local feed store or even sell them on Craigslist. This is what I do for the ones I don't won't or need to get rid of. Hope this helps!! Congrats on your new arrivals!! You will be very happy with Silkies! [​IMG] BTW...[​IMG]and [​IMG] from Oregon!
     
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  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Craigs. Run a free ad saying you have chickens coming and you're getting 15 or 16 freebies. Free to good home kind of thing.
     
  5. ChickenLVR

    ChickenLVR Out Of The Brooder

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    yes...but who wants male chicks???
     
  6. ChickenLVR

    ChickenLVR Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone! Craigslist sounds like a good idea! I hope someone wants them!
     
  7. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, and keep them for about six weeks if you want- there'll be one or two accidental pullets in there and you'll be able to tell who by that age.
     
  8. ChickenLVR

    ChickenLVR Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh! Great idea!! So feather sexing isnt 100% then, huh? I am assuming that is how they sex them at ideal and "know" which to put in as packing peanuts?
     
  9. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put an add on Craigslist under farm & garden: "straight run chicks, $2 each"
     
  10. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    When I hatch out red sex links I have MANY Male chicks. I put an ad on Craigslist for 0.50 a chick or 5 for $2. They usually sell pretty quick. You might get a female but that isn't that likely. Congrats on your new flock!

    Nate
     
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