Why are the roosters called "packing peanuts"?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by chicksgalore, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    Okay, I've been checking out mail-order chicks and have read several places now including on here about the hatcheries sticking roosters in for --what do they put them in for--??
  2. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    ...heat as I understand it, and to take up some space to prevent shifting just like the "packing peanut".
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2008
  3. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    They use them to keep the temps up. Most people order pullets so there is an excess of roos and that is why they use the roos as packing peanuts.

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