I am new to BYC (I've been reading since before I picked up my 3 tiny angels, but have only now subscribed!) and while I think I'm doing a good job, I've been reading some conflicting advice. Chickies are outside in their coop/run today enjoying some warm weather and dirt baths while I clean their brooder. They are 3 weeks old today and this is their first time, they are going crazy with fun and chasing bugs, etc. I purchased the book Keep Chickens by Barbara Kilarski and she advises to use cedar shavings in the brooder after they are a month old. DON'T WORRY!! I'M NOT GOING TO DO THIS!! I have, however been using White Pine and now it looks like I shouldn't be using that either?!?!?! The girls are very healthy and happy but I need to know what to use for their brooder. ALSO, we purchased a Coop on CL that was built by a couple who couldn't use it, the roost is a dowel about the same as a shovel's handle. Will this be a good roost for them? Currently they are roosting on old chair legs in their brooders, square shaped. Anything else you can advise would be great (when can they have treats, what types, etc.) THANKS SO MUCH!