I have been pouring over the forums and still have SO many questions... I'm hoping that a few of you who have raised chicks in the past will pass on a bit of your knowledge to a first time chick mom. I got my chicks Friday from Cackle Hatchery - 5 white leghorns and 5 Easter eggers, all pullets (I'm estimating that they are 5/6 days old today as they were shipped Wednesday.) I live in a city where we can have 5 chickens so my dad and I are sharing I am feeding them DuMORE chick starter, I do not think it is medicated because I bought it before I started reading the forum. I am putting organic apple cider vinegar in their water and keeping their brooder clean (though they sure do poop a lot for something so little!!!.) I have read a lot about feeding the chicks treats - but I don't know when I can start (I am going to get some meal worms for them.) Can they eat these now, and if they do should I start sprinkling the chick grit over their food? When can they start eating peelings and things from the kitchen, I'm guessing probably not right now - but when is a good age to start enjoying fresh greens and fruits? Also, when they finally go into their coop outside do you just throw the scraps on the ground for them or do I have to find something to use as a 'dish' of sorts? (I know that sounds like a totally stupid question, but I wonder if throwing it out on the ground requires me to rake up the excess every evening - which is fine but I have no idea how much chickens eat or if that food would be alright for them if there is still remnants left the next day...) They are very young now, but I have read about putting perches in the brooder to teach them about sleeping on them for when they get into their coop. They won't have any other chickens so I'm hoping that this all comes naturally to them - so when should I introduce this into their environment? Also, I saw people bring in dirt from outside but there were different ages in different posts, and some (if not all) were on medicated food - so I'm wondering if this is something I should do (because I want them to become resistant to outside germs and stuff) but getting the unmediated food is this a good idea? And if it is - at what age should I start? I also read that Kefir is good for chicks, and sour milk - can the chicks have this now or should they be older. And last but not least - I know what to look for (mostly) to watch for them getting sick (from reading the other posts in this wonderful chick information paradise) but if I DO suspect something amiss - what do I need to get for them to help them survive? I'm guessing my biggest concern should be Cocci, so if they get this is there some medication that will save my chicks? Thank you so much in advance for any wisdom you can spare a urban mom who decided she needed chicks and is now scared to death!!!!!