I have ten blue Orpington chicks (gave away the five splashes) in a four-foot- x eighteen-inch x two-foot-high brooder box. I've spent ten days changing their kitchen paper towels; it was like having to change their dirty diapers. After reading so many favorable comments on here about peat moss, about an hour ago I put in two inches of peat moss and put their feeder and waterer up on short pieces of 2x4's. IT'S GREAT, AND THEY LOVE IT. I scattered some of their food granules on the top, and they're enjoying having something to do while scratching to find it; plus, when they poop, it's immediately covered/absorbed. WHY would anyone use anything but peat moss. I'm building their coop now, and it's for sure that peat moss is going to be their only litter. To heck with straw and wood shavings. BTW, I would still keep them on kitchen paper towels until they have learned to use the waterer and feeder, but that'd be the last time I bothered to change their diapers; dang those papers get filthy dirty in just a couple of hours.