Hey, I just came across this forum...and im hoping to get some good info bout my 3 new chicks. Ill start off with my brief history with chickens. About two years ago I purchased 5 Barred Plymouth Rock hens, as chicks. They grew up into beautiful and semi-tame hens who laid eggs about every day. One day, however, my lab crossed pit bull decided to play with one, and though she didn't hurt the hen, she scared it literally to death. After that little set back, we purchased 2 baby Americaunas. These were the most beautiful chickens I have ever seen. We got them when they were about 2 weeks old and separated part of the coup so that the older chickens could check out the new babies. However, another set back happened when a raccoon or varment came into the pen by ripping open the chicken wire and took one of the chicks, leaving the other with a broken wing. This surviving chick we named Chicken Little. The other chickens never became accustomed to Chicken Little and tormented her constantly. She was the sweetest chicken too. The best personality. I went away for a few weeks and my dad took care of them. Sadly, he didnt watch them well enough and the barred plymouths killed Chicken Little. He was so upset that he gave the remaining 4 chickens to a man who had a farm where they could live. So I have been without chickens for about 8 months now. But, today I cleaned the coup out and went to the feed store and bought the last 3 chicks. They are Black sex-link, and supposedly all females. They are about 1-2 weeks I believe and they seem fine outside in the California sun. Should I be worried about leaving them in the coup? (it is now safe from predators...) Let me know, please! Sorry for the EXTREMELY lengthy entry.