Hi, OK so I've decided I'm doing this. I am going in on some chicks with someone here locally and they have agreed to raise them till 3 months old for me. However, she said she always uses medicated feed as once she lost some chicks do to Cochaire. What do you guys think of this? Have you been able to raise without medicated feed successfully? Second question is, I was thinking of getting 4 Rhode Island Reds, and 2 others that lay blue/green eggs... I live in southeastern MA and am not interested in providing a heat source so they need to be hardy. Any ideas?