Hi! I am new to the forum, and it looks like a great place to learn and get new ideas. I have not had chickens since I was young, and I just got 4 cochin chicks from my mom's best friend. They are now about 2 1/2 weeks old. I have been doing a lot of research, but everywhere I look seems to tell me something different. They were eating laying mash, but I understand that that is not an appropriate feed for young chicks. So, should I use a starter or a grower? I do know that I don't want to use a medicated feed. I am diligent about cleaning and just don't want to medicate them. So I read that you use a starter till they are 4 weeks old, and then switch to a grower. But I read lots of other things as well, so I'm a little confused. Also, when is it a good time to introduce scratch? Thanks so much! I'm looking forward to being a member on the forum! Amy + 4 new baby chicks: Mama, who is probably a rooster, Hawk, Silver Belles, and one who is unnamed. + 2 horses, 2 dogs and 2 cats!