I've just ordered my first chickens. The chicks will come in April and I've read everything I can about chick care here and on the internet (I'll get some books soon). I've got the basics memorized at this point. I'm curious about what foods other than commercial feeds people give their chicks. How much? at what age? etc. Please be specific, I read some vague stuff here that with no experience I can't always understand how to put into practice. I have 8 chicks coming. People mention giving crickets and mealworms for fun-- at what age? how many per chick? If need be, I'll stick with commercial foods till they're adults, and the next generation raised by hens can have a more natural life. But if people are having success anything other than this, I'd love to hear about it. I've been reading the thread on Home Feeding Ideas and Solutions, and have learned lots about what adult chickens can eat. In an ideal world hens raise chicks and they learn from her. But since the easiest way to get the heirloom chickens I wanted is to order chicks, the first time at least I'll do the raising. I've ordered 2 Buckeye Females, 1 Buckeye Male, 2 female Chanteclers, and 2 female Austrolorps. I've read about putting dots on the wall so the chicks have something to peck at other than each other. I've read to use sticks of varying widths and heights for perches. Any other ideas of how to make the chicks home more fun and interesting? I plan on getting Harvey Ussery's book, this seems to be most highly recommended. I was also thing about getting, Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard by Jessi Bloom. Do people think these books will have enough info to get started, are there any other book suggestions? Like I said, I've read the 60 day guide to raising chicks here on BYC, plus lots of other stuff that repeat the basic info again and again. Thanks for any suggestions.