I know this is a ridiculous question, but I've had my 10-week old pullets for three days and am mystified as to how they eat! It seems to be quite difficult for them -- they take only a grain of food at a time and then work very hard at making that successful. I feel like they hardly go through any food, though they seem content. (They also eat grit and are pretty good drinkers.) Anyway, I was looking on the site for edible plants, to try to please them, and found basil and marigolds, which I have in my (organic) garden, so I tore them up into what I thought were little pieces for them. When I was tearing up the basil, they got very excited (which reminds me that I also don't understand how they smell things). But one just picked up a fragment of leaf in her beak and dropped it -- how small do the pieces need to be?? Will I ever actually see one of the girls swallow her food? Also -- related questions -- I have a pansy (viola etain) whose flowers are pretty dried out as its season is ending. Is this OK to give them, or does it have to be fresh viola? And are the leaves of flowering plants OK or just the flowers?