Hello to all--I finally took the leap and ordered my first chicks today! I'm getting 5 Rhode Island Reds, 5 White Leghorns and 5 Barred Rock pullets. I was lucky enough to move into a house with a chicken coop already here--no need to start from scratch, just a few repairs and a good cleaning--and a little more room added to the run area (all in progress--thanks so much for all the posts on doing all of that). My biggest questions right now are these: How much feed to buy in the first place--I know I'll need the medicated stuff at first, but since I've only seen it in little tiny bags (like 1-2 pounds), do I mix that with regular start/grow feed or just feed it? I know I can get the start/grow formula in 50 pound bags. How long do I feed the medicated feed? How to keep the HUGE owl out of the run--I know I'll need some form of netting/wire to cover it, but will regular bird netting be strong enough or should I use wire? If I should use wire, which kind? Chicken wire--it comes in so many sizes I don't know which to choose, or hardware cloth? What do you do about mosquitos? My coop is about 50 feet from the creek & we've had a few cases of West Nile in the county in the past couple years....want to protect my birds, but don't have a clue as to how to do that. Thanks for all the help!