Well.. today marks the day as my adventures in chicken keeping begin! I purchased two white-crested black polish chicks and 2 easter egger chicks. They're currently snoozing under a brinsea ecoglow chick brooder. They are 10 days old and eating and drinking well. I'll take pictures tomorrow afternoon of the little darlings. My border collie has already learned that the chicks are not to be played with (if she values her life) and my sun conures want to mother them (Judging from the "pigeon coos" that they were doing while looking at them.. oddly, it did seem to calm the chicks.) My sheltie took one sniff and decided she could care less and hasn't looked at them since. There has already been one escape attempt by one of the polish crested chicks. It was not successful as she only made it to the table beside the box I was temporarily holding them in. Since I was watching them like a hawk, she was quickly recaptured and returned to her incarceration . I believe I received my first stink eye. I watched and checked and rechecked on them several times during the afternoon until I had seen them all visiting the food and water bowl. Ok.. now I can be sure that they at least know where to go for their meals and water. Games of "who can throw more of the bedding on the other chicks" were common as they seem to enjoy scratching around in their pine chip bedding. I can't wait until their old enough to introduce treats to.. what age is recommended for that?