Every morning i wake up to change our 7 week old chicks water, i get a suprise. But its not a happy one. Slugs; in the water, on top of the water, beside the water. And, they poop aall on the sides of the container. I'm worried that my chicks will be hurt by the slugs contaminating the water... What i want to know is: WHY AREN'T THEY EATING THEM . I thought chickens ate slugs Also, the slugs are eating the chick feed, so they are starting to look on steroids. Seriously, they are like the length and width of an average thumb. They leave their nasty trails of slime and poop all through the food containers. Would hanging the food and water containers get rid of this nasty problem? How else can i make them go away?! (One even made it into the coop/roost area) ALSO, i made a bad decision when choosing what ground cover i should have for the run. I chose mulch This was a mistake. At least if they were on grass they would be able to eat it and i could rake it. With dirt i could see exactly where the chicken poop was (even with my 7 week old chicks). But no. I chose mulch, and that means, they cant eat it, i can't see the poop, and i don't know how to clean it. I am in a pickle now because i have three 7 week pooping machines, and i don't know how i will clean it! All ideas are appreciated. I guess i could switch to sand... but we tried to put sand in a run for the rabbits and bugs were EVERYWHERE! What are your guys experience with sand? Thanks for looking, every bit of info helps for this first time chicken owner.