Thanks to this wonderful forum I was finally able to take the plunge and get a (very small) flock of chickens. I just picked up two Ameraucanas and two Buff Orpingtons. They are all six days old seem to be in excellent health. The Buffs are so tame they'll walk right onto my hand and even though the Ameraucanas are a little skittish they quiet right down as soon as they are in your hand. Right now the only thing in the brooder is paper towels, a feeder, and water. I am trying really hard not to anthropomorphise them. I realize birds are very different from us and have their own wants and needs but I can't help thinking how boring that brooder must be. At what point do you add "toys" or sticks to perch on and what, if any, do you recommend? Are these forms of distraction actually beneficial to the chickens or are they more to make the owners feel better about keeping them in a small container?