As most of you know, we have been great success with gradual introduction to our hens. Today, we closed the babies OUT of their brooder and they spent the whole day in the hen house. We went out to dinner and then came home to put everyone to bed, and 4 of the babies (8 weeks old) were in the doorway to the hen house - BIG STEP. So we sat down to watch. The babies all came out and made their way around the coop. A couple of the hens pecked at them, but nothing more than normal "You're the new kid" kind of stuff. The roo pecked at them a bit too, but they were none the worse for wear. Time to go to bed the roo just stood there looking at them like he knew they were his, but had no idea how to get them in the hen house. We helped him out with that. This has gone REALLY well.