Yes, absolutely as fresh as possible. They are Purina Start and Grow medicated. I slowly switch them to non-medicated once they are feathered and have been outside. I haven't introduced any "treats" or other food yet as they are only a couple weeks old and haven't found any grit in my local feed stores ANYWHERE. But wanted them to get accustomed to their food first. So at this point, just feed and water with a little organic vinegar added. Anything else you'd suggest? This is my first year raising chicks. Thanks!What are you feeding your chicks? Are they getting a balanced chick starter or all flock feed as most of their diet? Is the feed as fresh as possible?