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Originally Posted: April 24, 2012

Stop using male chicks as packing peanuts

[Ed. Note: Also read Hatcheries Ship Male Chicks as Packing Peanuts and read Coalition of Animal Sanctuaries Craft policy Statement on Urban Chicken-keeping.]

FROM Free From Harm, PETA, United Poultry Concerns (UPC), Mark Bekoff of Psychology Today...


hatchery,egg,chick,roosterContact Janet Crouch/Ideal Poultry Breeding Farms and let her know that live animals are not disposable and that using male chicks as shipping material is inhumane! Please urge her to stop shipping live animals or, at the very least, to use heating packs in place of live chicks. 

Sign an online petition:

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Janet Crouch
Ideal Poultry Breeding Farms, Inc.
phone (800) 243-3257, ext. 5562
fax (254) 697-2393
[email protected]
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Ideal Poultry Breeding Farms, a company that sells and ships live birds, uses live baby chicks as packing material! According to complainants and Ideal Poultry’s own website, male chicks are included as filler in live shipments so that the birds who were ordered can be kept warm during transit. Sadly, many of these filler chicks reportedly arrive dead or die within hours of arrival. One caller who adopted several ailing filler chicks from a neighbor contacted PETA with a heartbreaking story: She tended, fed, and watered her chicks with a dropper throughout their first night, but she could only watch as each one slowly died.

We reached out to Janet Crouch, the owner of Ideal Poultry, but our concerns were brushed off with the response that male chicks are used for warmth and to take up extra space in the box. … Adding males for warmth is an acceptable practice with backyard poultry hatcheries.” 

Thank you for everything you do for animals!