Hi everyone. I have been scouring the message boards and site to figure out a few things. I thought it might just be easier to ask. I have four chickens...I am pretty sure the are about 14 weeks. Actually the two bantams are more like 11 weeks. I think. Anyway, I have been feeding them a medicated chick food that I got from the Farmers Co-op. Well, we just ran out of that yesterday and I didn't have time to go all the way back to the Co-op. So, I went to the Tractor Supply store. I wasn't sure what to get, so I got the Purina grow chick food. I turned all the bags over to try and figure out what the differences were between all the kinds of food. I was in the store with my three year old, one year old and baby.....so I couldn't really read for very long. Ahhh! Did I buy the right kind? How much protein is what they need? I do let them go out in the yard about an hour each day or a few hours every other day... to peck around. I can't let them free range all day. I have given them a bowl of grit in the coop. Is this all they need? Purina food and grit? I do give them lots of treats - like every other day.....especially in this weather...I share our fruit and veggies with them. So far tomatoes, grapes and watermelon are the favorites. What is scratch? When do I give it? How do I give it? I just need some advice. Thanks guys.