Hi first I just want to say want an informative wonderful forum this is. Second well I recently bought a house that has a chicken and rabbit coop. I have small children and I homeschool so I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to learn about chickens and get some. I bought 4 straight run silkies and 4 cochins. I have had them with a heat lamp for about 1 1/2 weeks now. I try to handle them as much as possible without stressing them and the kids as well supervised but they are really skittish. Is that normal? Do they become more affectionate as they get older? I feed them medicated chick starter food and water like the breeder told me to. Do I need to give them anything else? The silkies are purely for pets, and the cochins will be for there eggs BUT I want organic eggs so how do I go about that process and how long will it take for them to produce eatable eggs? Thanks and sorry for so many ?'s.