We have been steadily working on the coop and it should be finished by the weekend. I am planning a trip to the feedstore to get my first chickens and I am as confused as a person can be regarding what to feed them. And I don't necessarily want to buy everything the store has to offer till I figure it out. The ag ext. guy just says "buy a balanced mix and you'll be good" The guy at the feed store (didn't seem real bright tbh) says. "They mature at 8 months so feed them starter till then then you can just feed them scratch". I'm thinking that its more like 4-5 months after all the posts I have read here. Between starter feed, layer mix, oyster shells, grit, crumbles, scratch and all of the others that I can not remember right now, its all starting to sound like "blah,blah,blah" and instead of getting clarification I am more confused than ever. I am planning on limited free range (1/2 acre out of 34) once they are mature enough and fencing has been put in. We also have some goats so I will probably put them in with the goats every once in a while. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions. p.s. I do realize that there are alot of variables and personal prefs involved.