I have chicks/chickens all ages from 10 weeks to "eggs in the bator" (I am counting my chickens before they hatch!) I have fed mostly chick starter and clovers/grass only and just started giving a treat bucket of mixed grains too. I was told use chick starter up to age 18 weeks and then change to layer...... Does anyone feed just scratch? Will some of them die without the medicated feed? Also, someone mentioned "hog feed" is cheaper than chicken feed and the same thing. Is this true ????? All advice for "cheep cheep" nutrecious (sp) is appreciated!