Hello all, We have been planning for chicks for sometime now. This is finally the year. I want to start off by saying this community is so beyond knowledgeable and helpful! The learning center is great with a lot of info but I'm feeling a little confused and overwhelmed with all of it. I figure I will number my questions this way whoever can respond can correlate their answer with the number to make it easier. Thank you in advance for any opinions or help you can offer. *** Sidenote: we are planning a flock of 6 to 8 (Buff Orpingtons, Barred Plymouth Rocks, Easter Eggers) for now in a 5 x 8 x 8 coop with attached run. They will also have the ability to free range on our 1/3 ac suburban lot. 1: In the stores I see combination chick starter/ grower food and some labeled just starter. Is there a difference? I was looking at Dumors organic non-GMO chick starter for comparison. I would like to feed them a quality food ...are there any ingredients to look for or avoid when shopping. 2: medicated vs unmedicated food? I understand it's opinion based but if anyone could give me pros and cons of either way. 3: fermented feed? Is it better for them or merely preference? 4: given the breeds I'm looking at how long can I expect them to stay inside in their brooder? I live in upstate New York, Rochester to be specific. We still have snow on the ground, days are in the 30s and nights in the teens and 20s. Still also need to build the coop once the last of the snow melts. I was thinking i have 5 to 6 weeks once i receive them? 5: besides their crumbles I would like to introduce them to some fruits vegetables and treats at that point I would have to introduce grit correct? 6: scratch? At any point do they need it if they're getting a balanced diet between their feed and treats 7: I'm debating between going the route of a heating lamp VS the mama heating pad method. I think I recall reading a thread on here stating to find a clear heating lamp bulb rather than the red? 8. Calcium? Will their feed have enough in it or will I need to supplement oyster shells or? 9. Water? I've read tapwater is a no-no because of the additives like chlorine and fluoride. will I need to purchase filtered water for them or add a filtration system to our tap to eliminate as much of that as possible? Thankfully that's all the questions I can think of right now. I'm sure there will be more but I can cross that bridge when it's time. Thank you!!!