Well, my 11 week old, 9 weeks @ the time, pullets had a night out, a couple of weeks ago? They DID get into the Hutch, but Mommy forgot to close the door.
When I have the cover over it, they still won't jump out, I have to move the cover, in the morning. Have a couple smaller pet carriers, lined with straw that they Peek into, Am HOPEFUL I don't need to go hiking. I DO NEED the exercise, Though....
My Mini bantam has tried to make babies with the older hen, NOT likely. So far he's only chased the Pullets. They seem to be falling into a routine; he watches, they wander. Either he doesn't bother or they don't care, but the Youngens do wander a bit far from his 'Outpost.'
Down to only one dog snagging my laying hen's eggs. I usually beat him to the box, egg.
Despite having Chicken Feed & Starter, (SAME danged thing as Chick feed!) the hen takes the feed, the Pullets, MAY wander over. HEAVEN help me if I walk out with any Bread! These are a bit lazy with the watermelon rinds... Is quite fun to find bugs in a water bucket, wind sill, etc. They seem to be catching on that the 'chick, chick, chick' call means goodies!
Hope things are good for most. I have at least one person lined up for eggs. albeit, small to begin with... LOL