I don't know what else to call it -- a couple of the chicks have a bit of yucky on their bottoms -- not pasted, just yucky. Is this common and harmless, or could there be something wrong -- and if so, what can I do to fix it? None of them are acting sick, or even lethargic -- and they all seem to be eating and drinking well (picked them up Wednesday morning). While I'm at it (yes, I'm a chicken newbie, and I've got lots of quesitons) -- my brooder isn't getting to 95 degrees, only 90, but the chicks don't seem to be bothered by it too much (they snuggled in little groups today as the outside temp was chillier today -- but they aren't huddling and don't seem to be concerned about getting under the lamp, some of them are even sleeping scattered around in the cooler parts of the brooder and they're all running around, eating, and drinking pretty much all the time). Should I just keep an eye on them (I'm a bit concerned that tonight will be the chilliest night so far), or should I go out and buy another lamp? And -- I've had the chicks since Wednesday morning, when will it be safe for me to: take the marbles from their waterers put in regular bedding feed them treats (I've already got a couple that think about stepping up into our hands -- so any extra incentive for them to act tame and friendly) give them some toys to play with Finally (!) I've got a couple of chicks that like to peck at the others' especially at their heads/eyes -- what' s up with that? And do I need to be concerned/do anything about it? Yes, I am posting a lot of stuff here -- but thought it might be better to put it all in one post???