I'm also sort of a newbie. My flock is 23 weeks old. I have 2 ducks and 5 chickens. I have 1 male and 1 female pekin ducks, and 2 barred rock hens, 2 buff orpington hens, and 1 golden laced wynandotte hen. I switched feed about 3-4 weeks ago to Nutrena All-Flock pellets, I mix the grit in with the food, and I have a little feeder that I fill with oyster shell that is always available. I had previously fed Dumor grower crumbles. At first it seemed that they didn't like the pellets, but once my hubby built me a PVC feeder, there is less waste and I can tell that it's getting eaten. My birds also get lots of veggies and fruit- especially when I can't let them out to free-range if I am not going to be home to supervise. Their favorites are leafy greens : any lettuce, napa cabbage, radish greens, arugula, kale, parsley, collards, etc. They also get cucumbers, pumpkin, chick peas, green peas, and tomatoes.
For treats I throw out handfuls of BOSS, mealworms, or cracked corn if its going to be a cold night.
Everyone seems to be doing well…my wyandotte has been laying for a week so far. No one else has started yet.
If anyone has issues with eggs once they all start laying, then I will switch to a layer food and take my chances with my drake unfortunately.