From what I can gather from reading the forums, I can put the babies in their coop at about 4-6 weeks old, then after a couple weeks start letting them out to free range an hour or so before sunset, gradually increasing their time out until they're out all day. Am I understanding that correctly? Thanks again for all the advice & help!
That is what I do with standard sized fowl. With bantam sized birds and hawks (Coopers) in particular, predator management will be a more serious concern.