My chicks are now 2 weeks old so I thought I'd start using shavings instead of paper towel. They poop so much and I work all day so I can't be there to keep laying new toweling. I found with the Silkies especially, they were getting poop balls on their feet. I had to wash them in the bathroom sink.....my daughter was not impressed Anyway, I spread some out in their brooder and the little buggers are eating them!!! I know some of them are just picking and playing, but a few of the Silkies are pretty serious about eating them. I tried distracting them with a plate of mashed boiled egg and it worked for everone...except for one determined Silkie! If they are only eating really teeny pieces will it hurt them? I covered the shavings up with more paper towel otherwise I won't sleep tonight worrying about it. Any advice out there?