We know we should've probably found this stuff out earlier, however we have been doing fine. We live in Indiana as an FYI if it matters for any of these questions. 1. How long do the chicks need to be fed chick starter? Do the chicks need grit? 2. We have 6 chicks that are about a month to a month and a half younger than the other chickens can we put them in the coop with the bigger ones? Some of the bigger chickens peck the smaller ones when they try to eat. Do they have to have all of there feathers before they can go outside? 3. How do we make a chicken hook? My wifey chased three chickens around the yard last night trying to get them back in the coop. 4. How many hens per rooster? We have heard anything from 6-1 to 12-1 5. Do we need to put a heat lamp in the coop for the winter time? The coop is about 7 feet high in the center so we can hang it with no problem 6. We found a coop we liked and built one instead of buying it by looking at the pics and figuring out how to build it and the dimensions we wanted, do you insulate them? How many chickens can we put in 42 square feet (we have heard vastly varying opinions on this too)? 7. Anyone know of places in Indiana that sell organic feed? 8. We were told several ways to "sex" chicks at our Rural king when we bought the first batch. Anything from "hold them upside down and if they just lay there it is a rooster if it tries to get up and roost it is a hen" to "count the rows of pin feathers 1 row is a rooster two is a hen" and "you can only truly sex a chicken by looking at its insides" (really confused by that one). So is any of this true? We have what we thought was 1 rooster and 8 hens but now we are thinking we may have more roosters than one. More as we think of it.