I have read alot but yet I am still confused alot LOL..I am planning on getting 16 chicks. 15 pullets and a rooster. I read the rooster keeps those hens in check LOL Anyway I am torn on feed use. I would prefer to keep them on an organic diet however, my neighbor has some chickens her coop is 10 foot off my fence line and her run butts up to my fence. I do not plan on putting my coop or run on that side but i know where she got them from and after research it seems the hatchery around here has had chickens with Mareks tracked back to them..I have 3/4 of an acre in my back yard however I not sure how far i should put their coop away or if i am worrying unnecessarily. Only thing I am limited on is i cannot place their coop and run with 15 feet of my septic tank or lines so they have to be towards the back of my yard. 2ndly I am no thinking about the vaccine for it to protect my chicks..Would you think it necessary.. I am also torn on feed. I have seen medicated chick feed. would this be something i should just do to or just keep the med on hand incase. I also found nipple waterers. This is something I would like to put in the coop; but I am wondering if I can just hook them to a bottled water and use in the Brooder..and do I have to train them to use it and how? What i have planned is I have a desk an art desk in a spare room that is made of a closet door and i plan on using cloroplast to build it on top of that desk with a heat lamp over it. its really cold outside so i plan to keep them there and when older put in my garage to transition them to outside.. I read i need 3 or 4 feet per bird. however I picked layers but its 3 different breeds. the ones I want are the Black Australorps, Silver Laced Wyandotte, and Light Brahma. Which breed would be a good rooster for them? I read the rooster can't be to big nor do you want one to small. Its my understanding the breeds i like are large breeds. Sorry for all the questions. I read so much yet I feel I know so little all the info is bogging my brain and running together so I am a bit confused LOL Thanks for any advise.