Ok, so my boyfriend bought two baby chicks because he didnt think before he did it AND he knew i would fall for them at first sight!!!! But I only know the VERY basics that I find around the site and what I have found and I have some questions. The chicks were obviously bought as "pets" until they get older, we have a place for them to go. They are egg layers and named Stephanie and Debbie. 1. I read and heard a lot about "pasting up" and last night, stephanie had some hard poo and I put a warm paper towel on it but it didnt really soften but I picked on it and it came off and it didnt seem to really bother her, but its a little red in that area and a little bald, is that normal? Is it open to bacteria that will make her sick? Anything I should do? I feel bad 2. These babies are in my APARTMENT, yes, thats right. How long will I realistically be able to keep them in there? I want to keep them as long as I can, but when would you say enough is enough? I have no idea if that is 1 week or 3 months and I cant really find any info on sites about this. 3. Anything to put in their bin to entertain them? I assume not since they arent really pets but I thought Id ask so I can enjoy them as much as I can!!! 4. We have family who lives on a lake with no other pets, is it easy to raise chickens? It would be great to have them when they are older so I was wondering if its relatively cheap and easy to start up an area and if they need a lot of care. What am I looking at here? 5. When I take them out of their heated area and hold them on my couch with a towel, is this ok? They dont seem to be cold or anything but just want to make sure. Obviously its no more than a half hour.... Man, I slowly am turning into a crazy animal person! Cats, aquariums and now CHICKENS!?!? They are just little sweet hearts as babies too. Are they somewhat calm as adults or are they crazy like they are portrayed? I know he did this without thinking, but understand I am very good with animals and eager to learn about these so I can care for them as well as I can. We do have somewhere that we plan on bringing when they get bigger but now I am starting to wonder if its possible to keep them (out of town somewhere) so we can have them forever. THANKS!