I have had my chicks for three nights now and haven't had one die on me yet.....so I'm excited about that. Please see the pics of my setup below. My brooder is 3'x6'. I build it from a design I found on this sight. I have a few questions I'd like to ask of the more knowledgeable among you. 1. For those of you who use sand in your brooder, what do you use to clean the poop out? I've been using a mesh strainer to sift it out, but it takes a lot of time and requires me to get IN the brooder....and I am NOT a tiny person. Just wondering if there was a better solution. 2. As you can see from the pics, my chicks are making a mess of their food. The waterer is staying nice and clean, and they haven't knocked it over yet, but the food is EVERYWHERE and it sometimes hard to tell the difference between poop and food when I'm cleaning it out. Should I leave the food on the sand and let them peck at it, or should I clean it up and if so how often? I refill the feeder when it is empty, I just wasn't sure about the food on the ground. 3. I have only found one chick that appeared to have pasty butt. I examined it and there was some dried poop below the vent, but the vent was not clogged and was "operating?" properly. I used a wet paper towel to wipe it's butt as best I could, but it was stuck on pretty good and I didn't want to do more damage than good. How concerned should I be about this? 4. I am giving the chicks water with "sav-a-chick" electrolyte from tractor supply. A local man who is affectionately referred to as "Chicken Man" told me I should use it as it would help prevent pasty butt. Another friend I have was skeptical, but so far, so good. The instructions on the packet say to give regular water as well, but Chicken Man didn't mention that. What are your thoughts? Thanks for the advice. I am totally new at this. I have always lived out in the country, but never had animals or pets growing up, so all my chicken education will come through reading, talking to people, and trial and error. Your help is appreciated!!!