Hello! It is wonderful to have found such a great forum. Thank you in advance for your time and assistance in helping out a new member and new chicken mom. We have had our 5 sweet Australorps for a little over a week now. I am absolutely fascinated by them. They know my voice, and when we sit in the warm yard under the trees(for shade) on our little 'field trips' they never stray very far from my chair. When one sounds the warning they all freeze and when I say "it's ok chick chicks' then they return to their exploring. If I move my arms like I am making a circle over my lap they all come running under my chair. Usually. I love to watch them as they find new things - and when they find a bug boy do they ever play a great game of chase!! I have really enjoyed handling them each day and giving them each a little bit of love. Every morning I check each one over, under, and around to make sure they are all fine physically. I do have a couple questions though. I have observed two of the chicks performing what I Think is a dust bath type behavior. They have done this in the lawn, on a dirt patch, and in the brooder(where they are on shavings). They rub their heads, fluff the 'bath' material under their wings and onto their backs, they kick around and scratch and rub and roll a little on their side. They will do this for some time, and sometimes the other chicks will walk over them during a session and they don't even seem to notice. Does this type of behavior sound normal? It seems to have the same effect on them as catnip does for cats. Should I be concerned? Might they be itchy because of their growing feathers? Also, I do not know how to tell their age. I bought them from a local farm store, and they were at Least a week old when I picked them up. It has been at least a week since we got them - so I know they are over two weeks of age. I will post pictures as soon as I find my camera. It has mysteriously gone missing. Annnnddd, one more question. One of them seems to have diarrhea. None of the chicks have a dirty bum, and they are all active, eating and drinking well, have clear eyes, no discharges, and don't seem to act sick that I have noticed. One of them did sneeze a couple times a few days ago, but I haven't heard it sneeze since. Again, should I be worried or concerned about this? Should I seperate them until I know who it is for sure? Many Many thanks for all of your kind help with advice in raising our new chicks for the first time!!