My white orp just hatched 6 mutts three days ago, and I couldn't be happier. I am, in fact, quite pleased with the hen for being a good mommy and teacher to the fuzzy butts. I wanted to reward her for a hard day's hatch, and put a nice, juicy raspberry in her feed bowl, which is purposely higher than the chicks can reach. So she gets very excited, pecks at it a few times, and then holds it out to her babies. She does the same with several grasshoppers. The chicks go wild! They play a game of chase, and the treat vanishes. Now, this morning, I come out to her enclosure to see her rummaging through the shavings like crazy, taking out earwigs left and right. There must have been several hordes of earwigs hiding in there!!! She pecks them enough to stun them, and then the chicks come in and gulp them down. Now, I'm all for the complete annihilation of earwigs, but is it really safe for the little babies to be eating so many bugs this soon? When we got our first chicks from the feed store, they weren't interested in eating anything but chick feed until they were much older. If it's not a good idea for the chicks to consume earwigs/mosquitoes/grasshoppers, how on earth would I be able to stop them? You'd think that they eat all sorts of things "in the wild". Thanks for the input!