Hello everyone! I just made my introduction over in the introduction forum, and like I mentioned over there I have some questions. My apologies if these are really silly questions, but I have never, ever had chickens before. I've never even been in a chicken coop. haha. Ok, here we go. First of all do I really NEED to keep a thermometer in the brooder? I mean if the chickens are appearing to be comfortable, evenly spaced out, quietly napping, does it need to be exactly 32 C in there? The little guys keep pecking at it and knocking it over. How long do I need to keep the paper towels on top of the pine shavings? I started the chicks on just the pine shavings, and then noticed they were eating it. In a panic I covered the brooder floor with paper towels, and then discovered after the fact, that that is what I was supposed to do in the first place. :/ My babies will be 3 days old tomorrow, and we have been handling them, petting them, hand feeding them etc. since we brought them home. Is this alright for them?? Can I take them out of their brooder and let them run around on the floor? They are in our sunroom, there is outdoor carpet on the floor, and it is about 20 C in there. They are eating medicated starter crumbles right now, which I have in small double-bowl cat bowls (3 per brooder, 16 chicks in each brooder) but they are making a terrible mess tossing their food all over the place, and a bunch of the chicks like to sleep in their food bowls. Any suggestions as to what would be better to use? A good number of my chicks like to sleep all sprawled out like 'road-kill' on their sides, when I see them like this I panic and think they are dead, but as soon as I open the door, they all pop up and seem perfectly fine. Is this a normal way for 3 day-old chicks to sleep? can I give them little treats like an apple core to peck at, or some rice krispies or something?? Or do they need grit for that? I am not giving them any grit yet. Are they too young still? When can I give them treats other than their crumbles? I am sorry for the flurry of questions:/ Any advice/insight would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much.