I have 4 of the cutest chicks-hatched on Monday and arrived here Tuesday afternoon. Right now I have paper towels down over pine shavings, and I am wondering when I should take out the paper towels and just let them be in the litter. Sometimes they pull the towels back around the edges and have great fun pecking at the shavings, but I am afraid one will eat some and choke. I never would have attempted this whole backyard chicken thing if I hadn't found this website--you are all so helpful! I spent a month reading posts before I ordered my chicks!