Hello, everyone! Our chickens are 8 weeks old now. Wigwam is definitely a rooster! He hasn't crowed yet, but he's got massive tail feathers! He is growing into a fine bird. I joined the 4H poultry club, so now I can show my chickens! There is a show on Sept. 28th, and I'm bringing Wigwam and Raisin along. Any tips for showing? And will I need a chicken crate/carrier? Thanks. Now, onto some nasty stuff. My chickens, or at least one of them, is leaving these very dark, runny poops. They look like puddles of...chocolate. It's kinda gross. I noticed a very, very slight maroon color, so I was worried about blood, but maybe it's just the darkened stool color. It's not bright red blood or vivid dark red, either. I'm pretty sure it's just part of the poop, though. I have been letting the chickens out to free range every day for about 10-15 minutes. They really like it! Wigwam protects his girls. It's funny to watch. Anyways, they've been consuming a lot of dirt and bits of grass. They also eat the sand in the coop occasionally, but not much. They pick around outside and they may even eat some insects. (The other day I saw Wigwam pull up a worm.) Does the dirt consumption have anything to do with these poops? That's my second question. I have a picture attached - be warned, nasty chicken poop photo ahead! Since we are going on vacation again, my grandpa is coming over once a day to feed, water, and check on the chickens. We leave the pop door open all day and night since our coop is very protected. The chickens go in around 9:00 pm and come out around 9:00-10:00 am. They like it in there. Also, a strange happening in our coop - in the nest boxes, which have no shavings so presumabley the chickens wouldn't go in there to sleep or anything - there is a big giant pile of chicken poop. Only in one of the nest boxes, though. It's such a neat little pile - did some bug or something pick up poops and take them up there? It's weird. Anyways, that's my update. Tell me what you think about the poops; I don't want my chickens to be sick or something. Maybe it's normal. You tell me. Thanks!