Earlier this year I encountered a guy who was selling pullets online. I went out for a look and was appalled by the conditions in which they were kept. They were huddled in a dank, dark room in an unclean barn, the only light a 25watt bulb in a corner. He said they'd never seen the light of day or a blade of grass and - he was representing them as 12-week olds - were stunted and only looked like six-week old chicks because of the way he was keeping them. He mentioned that he was feeding them layer feed and cracked corn and had been since they were born... I was beyond appalled, actually, especially since he loudly and proudly proclaimed that he was turning his chicken hobby into a business. He seemed unworried about the way he was raising them, admitting that they weren't being kept well. When I asked him about it his response was that it's cheaper... *deep breath* I ended up buying the chicks, simply to save them from what I consider horrid conditions. I kept them in isolation for a month, with sunshine, grass, quality chick feed, fresh air, clean surroundings, and they did grow quickly. Eventually, I introduced them to my other chicks of the same size. I'm guessing that they're about 14-16 weeks old now and they're beautiful girls that appear to be wonderfully healthy, but I'm worried about whether or not they'll have problems as they reach POL and beyond. Has anyone else ever tended chickens that were started on layer feed and cracked corn or anything of that nature? I know that the calcium content in layer feed is too much for chicks but I don't know what to prepare for, if anything. I thought they might fail to thrive and die, but my fears thus far have been unfounded. I feel like I could benefit from the experience/advice of others here, if anyone is willing to offer it.