We got 6 pullets (3 barred rocks and 3 Ameraucanas) a few weeks ago....our first ever. Essentially, they are pets with benefits (eggs). They are about 5 weeks old now and appear very healthy and full of energy. Right now, they are outside in their coop and run area during the day and in the house at night (to keep them out of the cold). We've been feeding them chick starter and they LOVE foraging in our garden for weeds and bugs. Since our property has NEVER had chickens here before and they appear healthy now, is there any reason we need to get them medicated feed? We want to raise them organically and don't want to over-medicate them if it isn't necessary. Also, while in the house, they are in a large dog kennel which we lined with alfalfa and shredded paper. So far it has worked great, but tonight two of my hens decided the paper was more tasty then the food. I decided to remove all the paper and leave the alfalfa to prevent any problems. As I was doing so, Gabby decided she wanted the paper and tried to take it from me. My first thought was she wanted to build a nest with the paper until she decided to eat it instead. Do I need to worry? Is she lacking something in her diet or just learning what she can and cannot eat? Until I hear otherwise, I am banning shredded paper from them!