so my chicks are 3 days old and the first day i gave them starter on a paper plate. they loved it. then the next day, i removed the plate and put in a circular small feeder. then today, i was watching them for a few minutes and noticed them pecking and scratching in the wood shavings. so i gave them the plate to peck at ... they LOVED it. all 10 birds were huddled ON the plate pecking away. it was like a treat to them. they could not get enough. so i am leaving the plate over night for them. too funny!