Our chicks are on medicated starter and doing very well - they're a day old and are eating and drinking by themselves. One problem - they are hopping into their feeder, placing their butts over the holes where the feed is stored and pooping in the holes. No...I'm not kidding. Surely eating their own feces can't be good for them - but I also have to get to bed sometime before the next ice age. Should I take their food out when I sleep and put it back when I'm awake and able to remove the poop from their food on a routine basis? Why are they pooping in their food?? And it's almost like they're doing it on purpose. I mean...they're taking the time to hop on the feeder, turn around, poop in it..and hop back off. Do they think it's a litter box or something? Additionally, they are pecking each other in the eyeballs!! I'm scared chickless that I'm going to wake up with eyeballs in the bedding and chicks missing eyeballs.