we are new to chickens. we have 7 (6 rhode island and 1 golden comet) that we got on April 16th. I have been reading alot in this forum and there is alot of talk about food. But I don't know when to start what food. We are still feeding our 1 month old chickens the starter food (medicated) how long should they get this food? I have been hearing alot about oyster shells, grit, cracked corn and layer feed. When do the chickens get these types of food. And am I missing anything to give them. They will be free ranged and we just finished up fixing 1/2 of the bottom part of the barn. We are planning on putting down wood chips and hanging feeders and a water. We have just finished up the nest boxes and we are trying to figure what to do about perching. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.