My chicks are six weeks old now and I have been taking them outside for an hour each afternoon since the weather has just started getting nice. I don't have a coop yet so I take them out to the backyard thats all fenced in and I sit out there and guard them from any predators. They seem to eat tons of dirt out there. So today to distract them from the dirt I made some oatmeal and brought it out to them. By the time they ate a little plate of oatmeal and tons of dirt it felt like their crops were soo full. Could they be eating too much?? Also, they don't come when I call them at all. I try to always chant "Here chick, chick, chick" when I give them treats so they associate that call with something good and come running. Figured treats might work. But they just ignore me and keep eating dirt lol. Is there any way to teach them to come when you call them? Or will it just take more time? They really love it out there and I wish I could get my husband to build a coop soon. I feel bad that they don't get more time. I would leave them free range in the yard with the fencing but I am afraid of hawks getting them. I know lots of people have free range chickens but I don't know how to protect them if they do that. Maybe full grown chickens can protect themselves? But mine are still just babies.