Ok, Just thought I'd ask the experts here I'm getting conflicting info from 'experienced chicken friends' the feed store and online. First question: Bedding: At the feedstore, they were on wood shavings. At home in the brooder, I had pelleted wood bedding ready. When we took the chicks out of their box, I went ahead and dumped those shavings in too- probably a handful of the wood shavings. They started eating the shavings, not just pecking at them, but I watched them snatch them up like they were the best treat ever and gulp the shavings down. I covered this all with paper towels then to stop them eating the shavings. This worked except they all wanted to hang around and peck at and eat each others poo So, I already have guinea pigs and a bunny who eat hay daily, I decided to remove the paper towels and cover the wood pellet bedding and the area of shavings with hay. I tamped it down so they wouldn't get feet caught or trip. They LOVED the hay and have spent many hours pecking at it, dashing around, scratching at it (for pieces of the wood shavings below, ack!). Experienced chicken friend said "they need grit if you're going to have hay in there." I could see that as a benefit because of the seed heads and the dried grass hay. So I gave them a bit of chick grit from manna pro in the end section of their feeder. Now I'm reading they shouldn't have grit till they're 2 weeks old, but if they're munching down the shavings don't they need grit to digest it? Also, let me know if I'm over thinking this! The chicks are 3-4 days old now, very active, happily exploring with gentle peeping. they also did not like 95 degrees, I have it down to 85 and they are much more willing to go over where the heat lamp is pointing now and snooze. No loud peeping or clumping together. They are super cute, no pasty butt so far (I have the probiotic powder in their water). Am I doing it right or am I going to hurt the little buggers? Thanks!