We just got our very first ever chickens on Saturday-an assortment of 6 little cuties. One of them is squirting out brown liquid that looks a little like melted chocolate. I'm thinking this isn't normal but wondering a) what caused it and b) what to do about it! Headed to the feed store to pick up an Easter Egger today. (Just one more...right? Unless there's a marans or barnevelder, in which case...well, it's gonna be more than one!) So I can pick up meds or whatnot if necessary. The chick that we believe is squirty still has a clean bottom and isn't acting sick, so I'm not terrified for her health. Yet. Also, I'm not feeding medicated feed. We ended up getting a blue silkie bantam, a buff orpington, a partridge rock, a white crested black polish, a silver Wyandotte and a barred rock. And later today, an easter egger. One of the little buggers I'm convinced is a roo. Every time I put my hand in the brooder the little bugger stretches out his neck, and pecks me. It also terrorizes the other chicks, pecking everybody it happens to sneak up on. I think it's the partridge rock? Unless they have a reputation for being obnoxious little crappers, then I guess it may be a she... I picked all of them because I liked the way they look, and kind of ignored the eggs per day and personality questions, LOL! I have trouble telling between the rocks and the silver Wyandotte-anybody have pictures? I think the two rocks were straight run...what do I look for as they get bigger WRT rooster-ish traits? Right now we have them in a kiddie pool that is around 10" tall I think. Clearly, that won't work for long. If I buy 24" x 1" chicken wire and wrap it around the sides, will that contain them? For how long? There is still hideous snow on the ground outside, though temps are warming up to the mid 40's during the day. I'm hoping for an early spring, but if not, what do you all put your larger 4-6 week babies in? Also, is it too late to get them to like me? I think we got them around 5 days old, and when we put our hands in the brooder and try to catch them they run screaming. The silkie just peeps and peeps when you catch her, it's pathetic! I have to say, my hubby was very anti-chicken. And now he'll come down with me to sit and stare at chickies being hysterical. And he wants to get a couple dozen meat chickens, because around our house it's Go Big or GO HOME! yay for chickens and yay for this website!! I've been on here reading the chicken forum for two years now...now it's my turn!