My almost 7 week old girls are tearing their brooder to bits! They all reside in an extra large dog crate, complete with roosts, a mirror, and things to climb on. I have pieces of cardboard around the bottom of the brooder to help with the stuff that flies out onto the floor. Over the last week, they are pulling the cardboard pieces out of their places & into the brooder, making a huge mess on the floor surrounding it. Yesterday, I came home & found their feeder with the top split apart from the bottom and empty. I thought maybe they were just really hungry (maybe I forgot to fill the thing up yesterday or something)..so I put it all back together, filled it up & find the same thing again this morning--split apart & empty. Needless to say, we are headed to TSC tonight for a hanging feeder & waterer. Are they really this hungry? Or are they just bored? I feed them chick starter with a full head of lettuce every couple of days, oatmeal every day and boiled eggs when they don't get the lettuce. Unfortunately, we are going to Alaska on friday and will be gone for almost 2 weeks so we don't feel comfortable moving them outdoors until we are home...plus the weather has been funky here in Ohio & we've had another cold spell. Any thoughts or suggestions?