After doing a crazy amount of research, I picked up my 6 chicks yesterday! I have a Barred Rock, Golden Laced Wyandotte, Rhode Island Red, Golden Comet, Easter Egger (the hatchery called it an Araucana/Ameraucana), and either a Buff Orpington (which is what I ordered) or another Golden Comet. I ordered these from Mt. Healthy Hatchery with a friend who ordered about 100 other chickens (50 broilers and a mix of layers; mostly Golden Comets). We had trouble telling if the one is a Buff Orpington or a Golden Comet since it's a tiny bit strawberry blonde (but not as much as the other golden comets and it has no red on its wings) but the other, very yellow, chicks had feathers on their feet (she ordered some light brahmas so I think that's what those were?). My friend did send me home with one extra, very yellow chick with no feathers on its feet, but it's slightly larger than the other chicks and kind of a bully. I think it may be one of the broilers (cornish cross). The bully is going back to her house tonight. I'm brooding the girls with an EcoBrooder 20 and using poultry nipple waterers instead of a dish. I added a TINY drop of molasses to their water instead of electrolyte (they're all very active and didn't seem to need it, but I thought a tiny drop wouldn't hurt). The chicks are about 2 days old and I have some questions... Would it be ok to give them a clump of grass/clover with some dirt attached? Would it be ok to give them a SCOBY from my kombucha? Would it be ok to give them crushed garlic? (I've read the pros and cons of garlic and I plan to use it; I just want to know when it's ok to start giving it to them) Should I soak some of their feed and offer it to them in a small dish in addition to their dry feed? I want to give them probiotics via the SCOBY and introduce them to the organisms in our yard to help them get a colonized gut, but how soon is too soon? If I give them just some of the chopped up SCOBY, do I need to give them grit? Would a dirt clump from the yard be an ok grit substitute (we have mostly red clay)? I also have water kefir grains that I could give them as probiotics, but I think the SCOBY might be better? They're currently eating: Hiland Naturals Chick Starter 21% COMPLETE FEED FOR CHICKENS INGREDIENTS Corn, Oats, Wheat, Sunflower Seed, Heat Processed Soybeans, Soybean Meal, Peas, Alfalfa Meal, Oyster Shells, dl-Methionine, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Kelp, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Iron Oxide, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Choline Chloride, Niacin, Vitamin E Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex(Source of Vitamin K Activity), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Biotin, PyridoxineHvdrochloride,ThiamineMononitrate,Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilus Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichodema, Logibrachiatum Fermentation Extract. I'm in the process of getting them Countryside Organics soybean-free feed. 21% Protein INGREDIENTS Organic Field Peas, Organic Corn, Organic Wheat, Organic Oats, Fish Meal, Organic Rice Bran, Organic Alfalfa Meal, Organic Flaxseed, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Silico Aluminate, Dried Organic Kelp, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Yeast Culture, Roughage Product (organic wheat middlings), Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Menadione Nicotinamide Bisulfite Complex, D-Calcium Pantothenic Acid, Niacin Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Manganese Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Dried fermentation product of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Dried fermentation product of Lactobacillus casei, , Dried fermentation product of Lactobacillus plantarum, Dried fermentation product of Enterococcus faecium, Dried fermentation product of Bacillus coagulans, Dried fermentation product of Bacillus licheniformis, and Dried fermentation product of Bacillus subtilis.