I have been hesitant to post about my rescue meaties in this section. I don't want anyone to think I am against raising birds for meat, I'm not! However I am raising these 18 (Tyson) broiler chicks under different circumstances and I need information. They will be pets, allowed to live out their lives here even if they only live a short while. I know that they can be successfully raised as layers, we have a friend that uses broiler culls as his layer flock and it's how my DH's late mother got her laying flock. These chicks are now approx. 7 weeks old. Most are the size of my layer chicks of the same age, a few slightly larger and 4 cockerels are about 3xs larger. Two are very small, but they eat, drink, play and get along fine. I believe those two to have heart conditions. These chicks were culls, meaning they we'ren't growing to the commercial house standards, either by genetics or defect. This weighs in their favor. I don't feed them non-stop. They are not eating at night because they aren't under light 24/7 (as they would be in the commercial houses) and I let their feeder go empty once or twice a day. I also offer them other foods - greens, fruit, whole grains. They are encouraged to get out and free range at least part of every day. I would like to know if there is anything I can supplement them with to help them grow stronger? Someone suggested calcium rich foods to help their bones become stronger? I've also heard of putting an aspirin in their water to guard against heart attacks? (I'm hesitant to do this because they share a waterer with the layer chicks). Any help would be greatly appreciated.