I have 3 Rhode Island reds and 3 white pullets (not sure their breed yet). They are 6 weeks this week. The reds have all their feathers and the whites almost all of theirs. Ive kept them in a box in the laundry room and take them out in the sun when I can and leave them out as long as I can. I live in Mobile, Alabama so it is warm in the day and about 65 at night here. The last few days I've noticed when I give them fresh food and water they peck AT me. Don't actually touch me but I don't like that they aren't a little more friendly toward me. I'm jealous of people that say their hens follow them and sit in their lap and I don't think mine will do that! I don't have children yet, and my dog and husband leave them alone, so nothing is bothering them to my knowledge. Are they getting cramped? Can I make them happier by giving them a special snack? And if so what can I give almost 6 week old chicks? Are they just trying to create a dominance thing?? My dad and I have been building their coop and run over the weekend, so I can leave them out longer. It should be done tonight or tomorrow night. Also, the water issue. They make such a mess with the water. I've suspended it and I think they want to sit on it. When its own the ground they make just as big of a mess! Does anyone have a good solution? Will it get better once they are outside? I don't want them walking in mud though. Thanks for any comments!