I just recently got 20 EE bantams (now 19 - my fault - dog attack), and I was hoping I could get a couple of questions answered and a bit of (constructive) criticism for my "brooder". This may be a little long and/or confusing, so please stay with me... To start: My brooder is just a few boards duct-taped into a box with a chicken wire roof. I'm using cedar shavings, but they are just layered on the floor (cement garage floor). I made sure there was enough layered so even with digging/scratching, the chicks aren't digging all the way to the cement. They have a waterer which I keep clean and refreshed, and I've been adding apple cider vinegar. Their food dishes are just paper bowls, but are kept clean, as well. I also have two brooder lamps, with one always on and directed at one end of the box and the other only on at night, pointed towards the other end. There is also a wash cloth in the brooder that they play on/with. They seem to be doing well with this set up, but if anyone has any helpful hints, I would gladly appreciate them. I would really like to know if I'm missing something, too. Questions I have: The chicks have been eating moths at night and I read in another thread that they would need grit because of this, but I also read that chick starter (which they get 24/7) already had grit in it. I'm not sure what's "right"...? They also had a bit of watermelon last night. They quite enjoyed it and seem fine this morning, but in hindsight, I don't know if I should have given them it as they were only 3 days old. I thought I would see if I could sex the chicks using the feather (wing) sexing. I noticed when I got them that some of the chicks had two rows of feathers while others had only one, and it was consistent with what I read. However, I'm not quite sure it would work on EE bantams. Considering it looks like I might have only 5? roos and (now) 14 pullets, I just *know* it shouldn't work because I've never been that lucky... Has anyone else found this to work for EE's? Lastly, I thought that EE chicks all looked like chipmunks in coloring...? I have a few (maybe 3?) that are more of a solid brown with almost invisible stripes and 2/3? that look almost like penguins. The "penguins" have very dark, almost black fluff, yellow bellies, chins and faces and very dark beaks. Is this common in EE's? There are variations in the "chipmunks", but I didn't think there would be *this* much of a difference... Again, I know this was long and probably confusing, but I could really use some advice. Thank you in advance.