Autumn is here, we've been selling firewood. Leaves are falling, deer are everywhere on our property. And the chicks continue to take their fare share of our time every night. It's been almost 3 weeks since we got the chicks. We prepare treats (veggies like corn, broccoli, lima beans, squash, lettuce, raw spinach) for them every night. Sometimes we even found some earthworms for them - that always goes over very well! It helps to make them tame when we spend time with them. I've learned that they like the front of their necks & chests rubbed, now many of them line up to have their necks rubbed. Even the wildest chicks (such as the little leghorn rooster-to-be) seem to calm down when I rub their necks. Every now & then a pair of chicks ends up in the chick infirmary inside the house. Just today 2 chicks were released back into the coop after spending a few days inside. It seemed one of them was very weak, would barely stand up on her own. She came into the infirmary & passed out on her side as soon as she & a friend were separated from the flock. We learned chicks like to be with other chicks, so we try to bring 2 inside together. The latest pair spent several days being monitored, were well fed and watered, and the one little girl got her energy back up & is spunky again. I never thought raising chicks would be so complicated, but it's fun.