I started out trying to incubate some chicken eggs and did not get any baby chicks. I have been learning a lot and will try again but for now I just purchased 6 baby chicks locally and loving them. My kids are enjoying them too. We have 2 RIR, 2 Buff Orphingtons and 2 Black Copper Marans. I have some questions and any and all advice is appreciated! In our brooder I have a Styrofoam cooler I had to remove because they kept pecking at it. I had it in there so they could use it to escape the wind or as a safe place to go. What would anyone suggest to replace it with? Seems like anything I put in there they peck at. I have a small wood block for them to stand on and they peck at it too. Last nigh I noticed one of my RIR was doing this funny sitting thing and she wasn't acting like she had before as I watched her for a while she pooped and it did not look like it came off. I googled it and I came across pasty butt. I picked her up and she def had some blockage. I cleaned her off and made sure nothing was stuck to her anymore (poor thing). But then this morning the same thing, so I cleaned her off again. What would help this problem? My other RIR was the same way just not as bad, none of the other chickens were like this just my two RIR.