This is only my 2nd post, so please bear with me. I am in love with chickens and can't wait to get a dozen layers in a few months. However, upon researching hatcheries, it suddenly dawned on me... Are hatcheries for chicks essentially the same as puppy mills for dogs? I am a CPDT with a sheltering background, so animal welfare is close to my heart. I would NEVER buy a dog from a puppy mill or pet store. It would take a lot of research to buy a dog from a breeder (I am way more interested in getting a dog with a great family temperament than I am for good looks). So it has suddenly dawned on me that I might be buying from a chicken "puppy mill". Am I right in this assumption? What are hatcheries most interested in? Normal chicken behavior? Production over health? Temperament? I understand that many may find my post ridiculous, but this is a very real concern for me. Is the answer to buy from breeders, but find ones that are breeding an overall good bird rather than ones for show?