After the long summer of waiting for the hens, they finally arrived from the hatchery. I was distressed to see that their beaks had been cut. I didn't realize..... Our summer long coop building project, is still unfinished but finished enough so that our new girls are safe and comfortable. What an ordeal! Now that they are here, I realize that I haven't thought everything through... like, how much pine shaving should I put down? How often do I scoop poop? I don't have a separate area to bring in a few new birds for quarantine, so should I not, or have they not been here long enough to become territorial? So many things I still need to know. There is poop stuck to the fanny of one, do I pick her up and clean it off, or provide a bin of water for her to take a bath. Do they take water baths? One is sleeping in the nesting box instead of the perch, do I make her leave, or let her stay? I know they are still getting used to us, it's only been 3 days, so I want them to feel safe and comfortable. Anyone have answers? I know many of you do!!! Please advise this chick newbie...thanks!