I can get free chickens but...
I have never raised chickens before but I can get 8 free barred rock chickens. They are 1-1/2 years old and moulting right now. I have a few questions.
What do the chickens eat? Do I need to buy feed or can I just let them roam around my yard/hay field?
I have an old barn that I could keep them in at night. I know I need to make sure it is totally closed so predators can't get in but what do I need to put in the barn for them (i.e. bedding, food, water, light, etc.)
Will they just lay their eggs in the barn wherver they want to or do I need to build/make a location for them?
When will they start laying eggs if they are moulting now?
Thanks and I am sure I will have more questions.