I have found thread after thread on this site with extremely helpful info! But I do want to ask a couple of questions that I am trying to wrap my head around.... I am a complete chicken virgin...lol. But I did place an order with Meyer Hatchery for 6 chicks: 3 Black Australorps 2 Buff Orpingtons and 1 Golden Buff. They won't be here until halloween, but I am in the middle of planning my coop (building out of recycled material...pallets) and will build a small brooder out of same material. So here come the questions! 1. How much feed do chicks consume (starter feed). I don't want to buy too much. Do I need to buy grit or oyster shell for them? 2. How big does the brooder need to be for 6 chicks and how long to keep them in? 3. I generally see you move them into the coop around 8 weeks old. I live in central AR, so mild winters, but it will be middle of winter when they hit that age...assume still ok to move them in? 4. Planning on a 6'x4' coop and atleast a 6'x8' run if not bigger...assuming that will be big enough for the 6. It really has been information overload. And I just want to take good care of these little girls when they show up. First time for everything, and this is definitely that for me. Our 2 girls....10 yr old and 5 yr old are excited to get them! Thanks in advance for all the info you can provide!