We picked up 6 cute little ladies yesterday at the local TSC. They are sex-links (which is not the breeds we originally planned on, but that was what they had) pullets. We also picked up two straight-run brahmas. Since I know TSC just got them that day (my son's been calling daily looking for them), I can only guess they are 4 or 5 days old today. I live in central NC. I currently have them in my rottweiler's kennel with corrugated cardboard making walls and lots of paper towels on the ground. They all eat, drink and peep happily and sleep in a 'puppy pile' of chicks pretty much most of the time. However, at least two of them have a runny poop. One of the pullets (can't tell them apart well enough yet to name them) got some stuff stuck on her butt and I cleaned it off with a warm, moist paper towel. I read about making sure the vents stay clean...but now I'm positively beside myself...I feel like I need to check on her constantly. Is there anything else I should be doing? I was thinking about taking them outside next week for an hour or so to let them run around inside a small enclosure that I have yet to build, but will be working on soon. Should I keep my 'sick' girl inside? I think my rott is wondering why something else is in her cage...and my black lab won't let the rottie get near...she seems to be very protective of them. I'm willing to take any advise or suggestions you have! Thanks!!