Hello, My name is Kassie. I am new to raising chickens. We received our 7 new chicks via USPS on Monday the 9th. They are so small and needy. Right now we have them in a Rubbermaid we converted into a brooder and are having issues with the heat lamp. Its giving off too much heat. I've raised it multiple times but the girls still will not sleep under it at all. They prefer to sleep more near the edge of the heat lamp. I've raised it way up high and I've seen where other people have their heat lamps rather close down at first. I'm curious as to why my birds aren't fans of the lamp at all. Any suggestions? We have 7 birds. Ordered 6 and got a free one too. 2- EE's 1- RIR 2- Black Australorps 2 - Barred Rocks One of the Barred rocks was the freeby. Also, one the the barred rocks has some diarrhea. She seems okay. Is eating and drinking and playing with her sisters but still has muddy diarrhea. They have medicated starter feed to prevent coccidiosis so I was wondering what else it could possibly be.