I couldn't resist any longer and stopped in at the local pet store today to pick up some crickets for my 10 day old chicks (so far they've only had boiled egg). I asked my five year old the other day if he wanted to feed crickets to the chicks and he said no, but he'd like to keep the crickets as pets. That's not happening! Anyway, he's at school today so I snuck some crickets into the house and dumped them into the brooder/box. I was totally unprepared for what happened next. The girls were terrified, cowering in the corner of the box while the crickets made themselves at home. And then, the crickets started CLIMBING THE SIDES OF THE BOX. I had assumed they couldn't jump high enough to get out, but I had no idea they could climb cardboard! I spent a tense few minutes pushing the escaping crickets back into the box while the girls cowered (I asked for a dozen but I think the guy put more like 20 in the bag, so they were everywhere). And just when I was wondering if I was going to have to spend the rest of the day hovering over the box, herding crickets, one brave hen (an australorp) grabbed a cricket and gulped it down. And then another. Finally, the rest of the chicks got the idea and gobbled up all the crickets. Phew! Lesson learned.