Hi. Im in Australia, NSW. I'm happy to be here to talk about the cuteness of these adorable little animals. Im in my 40's but have wanted chickens since I was a little girl. I got some gorgeous Bantam chicks when they were 3 days old. They are now 3 weeks old. I have a great chook pen, but they are still inside with us, in a box with the light etc. Im turning it off for 3 hrs per day now. They huddle together & sleep while the light is off. Im not sure of the rate of growth they are supposed to have as me & my children are new to the chicken scene!! But they are showing new feather growth & losing alot of new-hatched fluff. When do they lose their little cheep noise to the adult chicken noise?? I was told to put them in the coop when they are 6 weeks old?? We had a trial visit to the coop & the little darlings just stood at the door the whole time & didnt venture far from us at all. I will put them in the coop via gradual visits. Its still too cold here in Australia to have them outside. I have them on the baby food at the moment. About two of the chicks have runny, brown poop. Is that normal? I saw some red, mucous in one of the chicks runny poop. They appear healthy, alert, & active. I'd upload some pics but dont know how??? Im not too concerned if they dont produce eggs, as we are having them purely as pets to enjoy & raise. I'll be interested in the food they need after 6 weeks of age & what vege scraps I can start to give them? I know about grit & that is already in the coop awaiting their arrival...& they can also have dirt baths in it.