Today, for the first time, three new behaviors were observed in the chicks, who are, by the way, being kept in a cardboard box with fine wood chip bedding, a radiant heater, chick starter, and a water drinker. The three behaviors are 1) attempting to fly by jumping and flapping in an effort to get on top of the heater, 2) the scratching and looking routine so familiar to those of us who keep chickens, and 3) the dust bathing ritual, even though there's no dust in there, just fine wood chips. I was really surprised by seeing the dust bathing ritual, since I figured they'd need to have some dirt before doing that. Should I put a pan of dirt in there? Fascinating that all three of those started at exactly one week since hatching. PS At what age should I take them for their first outing out of doors? I'm assuming they will voluntarily stay pretty close to me when I do. Is this correct?