This is my first post. I've been reading here for months in preparation for getting pet chickens that I will love and spoil as pets for many years. I got 8 chicks from the state fair last Sunday. I went to the fair again today and was asking some details about my chicks that I didn't ask last week. The 4H man who sold me the chicks said they are white broiler chicks made especially for the Tyson chicken factory farm down the road. I asked a chicken farmer in the show chicken tent about the broiler chicks and he says that they should not be selling them as pets because after a few weeks they will eat themselves to death and their legs will get crippled under their weight. This breaks my heart because I love them all so much. This is unexpected and I don't want them to die or suffer. I'm feeding them chick food from Southern States. I try to keep their food dish full. In one week they have gotten almost twice as big. Is there a way to feed them and keep them happy and alive for a long time? Can I feed them less or give them chicken vitamins to help their legs? Any advice would be so helpful. I've been tearful all day. Here they are at 2 days old: http://picasaweb.google.com/katie.virginia/Chicks/photo#5116312503172289890 Here they are today at 9 days old: http://picasaweb.google.com/katie.virginia/Chicks/photo#5118728555420277826 They are all very sweet and look at me like they love me. They all try to sit on my lap and fall asleep the palms of my hands. I take them outside and they follow me around and they make noise and are the happiest things ever.