Hello! I am a total newbie at all of this. I got six chicks at the Feed & Seed 8 days ago...they are now 9 days old. The lady there said that medicated feed was not necessary, so I got the unmedicated kind. Now I am second guessing after reading a little about coccidiosis. I set up their brooder in a large dog crate in the dining room. For the first week, I used newspaper with paper towels which I changed twice a day, along with wiping out the crate with a damp paper towel every morning. Yesterday I started using a thin layer of pine shavings (1/2 - 1 inch) over newspaper which I will probably change out daily. I have been washing out their feeder with dish soap about every 4 days and washing their waterer with dish soap daily. For the last couple of days I also rinsed the waterer with a little vinegar in the water. For the first week, there was poop in the waterer every time I cleaned it. Now that I have it elevated on an old phone book, they are not pooping in it so much. I'm worried about the poop they have surely ingested while drinking the water and also that they will be in the brooder past 3 weeks. I have already fallen hard for these little babies and cannot stand the thought of something happening to any of them. Am I just paranoid, or should I be doing things a little differently or using the medicated feed? Any advice welcome. Thanks in advance.