So, i have had my chicks for a couple of weeks now. All are doing fine. I have them in a box on newspaper, several pages thick of it, so its not totaly hard. Ive been reading a bit, and i see posts about causing injury to the birds by not using some sort of litter. How much potential is there for this to happen really? The reason i ask is that i used to raise and show chickens as a child, and i never once recall ever putting anything in their box except newspaper for several weeks. Once they were old enough for the coop, they did their own thing. Mine are probably three weeks old now, and im considering getting some pine shavings for them from TSC. Not sure how hard that is to keep clean, probably not as easy as rolling up the news paper and putting more down though.