Our chicks , 1 week and I'm guessing about 2 weekers, are pecking at the roost stick we put in the brooder. They try to peel off stuff from the board over their brooder (only have access to it when we have them out to wander).They actually get stuff off then chase each other around to get it. They 'seem' to actually be eating it. When they are out to play they pick up random crumbs from the kids, dog hair and the like and again 'seem' to be ingesting it. My question is: Is this enough eating of other stuff to require grit? (I'm guessing not really...but....) The poop question. They poop ALOT! I know chickens poop a bunch, but really these little chicks can poop 8-10 times in a 15 minute span while they are out to play. I've never had chicks only grown chickens (who were never in my living room) so I wasn't so keenly aware of the poop! And while I'm asking about poop...a bonus one to embarrass myself. Sometimes the poop is normal chicken poop and other times a really runny slop...from the same little chick in the same 10 minutes. Man I feel like a first time mama here calling the ped for every little shudder my baby makes..... Normal though right? ~L.