so last night I went in to check on The Collective before I went to bed, and on a whim grabbed a handful of feed, and just laid my arm down in their brood box, with the feed in my hand. I started with about a half dozen chicks eating feed out of my hand (and trying to eat my freckles, apparently they look like bugs *grin* it's *STILL* red this morning), and ended with 4 of them curled up right next to my hand asleep. I couldn't move until a thunder clap woke them up, they were just too cute!!! I am so absolutely in chicken love. I have no idea how on earth I'm going to cope with culling the boys once we know who they are. I know we have to, you can't have more than a couple of boys in the flock unless it's huge, but.. What if it's my crazy partridge baby? Or my cuddle bug white and grey one? Or Bandit? (the only named chick so far, he's got a cute mask that includes his beak). *sniffles* I will, they are livestock at the end of the day, and I know that, but.. They're AWFUL cute and sweet.