I've raised chicks, they are sweet, they get gross but they are very social. I had one duckling as a rescue, brooded him with the chicks, no worries. So this spring I got 3 female Pekin to be "wives" of my Pekin drake. All I have to say is "wow", I'm exhausted. They are smart, way smarter than chickens. They cry and are much needier. I felt comfortable leaving my chicks alone at home in their brooder during the day(with a lunch check in) after 5 days. I'm on day 3 and they feel like colicky children. Won't go down to sleep at night if they hear talking, over tired and peeping. I love the "billing" love nibbles, like toddlers putting everything in their mouth. They figured out the cell phone, freakin loved mirrors. I'm just a little overwhelmed at the neediness.