My awesome wife returned wednesday afternoon from Mt. Healthy Hatchery with our 16 ladies and 1 gent and imagine my surprise when she brought in all 17 birds in ONE box. They sold her day old chicks and told her those are started pullets. From the reading we've done we know that technically, chicks up from a day old to one year old are considered pullets, but we've also read that STARTED pullets should be within a definite age range of 12-16 weeks. So my wife had a choice. She could get back in her car and drive back to our home, 3.5 hours away empty handed or she could take the day old chicks and become a chicken mommy. My wife is now the new mommy of 17- 4 day old Buff Oprington chicks. They are cute, but they are a bit of work. My wife thought it wouldn't be a bad idea for us to get used to raising chicks as next year we do plan to raise some from eggs for meat birds that she is now having second thoughts about . Is this a common thing that hatcheries do? This is our first time being chicken people so we have no experience with other hatcheries.