Alright, 15 new chicks and I thought I had already read all of the books and new exactly how to proceed- So far everyone is healthy and peeping, eating, drinking, sleeping, pooping. The brooder is currently a cardboard box be-decked with a layer of absorbent fabric (no exposed threads) beneath 1/8 inch wire mesh with grass hay laid down and paper towels over that. They are finding their food from the feeder now, but had learned initially from food lain out on the paper towels. But I've begun reading posts and now I'm concerned about my bedding- 1. Do the chicks really NEED to have pine shavings? Or is the grass hay alright so long as they know their food and aren't eating the bedding? I've noticed few people suggesting hay, but that is what they suggested at the feed store. Other posts suggest that either hay or shavings could create crop problems? I'm concerned about being a bad mother... Also, are their feet going to be alright? No slippery surfaces, right? Is the 1/8inch wire mesh too small? should it be 1/4inch? It would be easier to feel confident if my boyfriend wasn't also reading books and helping me to second guess myself Any tried and true suggestions?