Maybe I'm posting in the right forum. I have a few questions. 1. My chicks are 9 weeks old now. I have them in a 10x16 coup (unheated, but no drafts) on deep litter. When can I remove the heat lamps? Are they old enough now??? Please say yes. 2. When do I switch from starter/grower feed to laying mash??? 3. When do I need to start offering grit??? 4. When do I need to start feeding oyster shells or crushed egg shells?? Now would be great. I hate throwing away egg shells that I know they could eat. 5. When can I start feeding things other than the starter/grower. For example: bread, vegetable peels, etc.... 6. Do I need some type of feeder to put bread etc... in or do I just throw it on the floor (ground)and let them eat it. 7. Are they old enough to let outside??? They are fully feathered and it gets in the 40's and up during the day here most days. BTW: They are eating me out of house and home. 25 chicks are eating 50# of food in about 12-14 days. And they aren't wasting it.