Today was the girl's first day out! They were hatched 11/10, and seem well feathered, if not fully, so while I cleaned the brooder, they had some sunshine time. At first they were pretty hesitant... but after a few minutes, they were cheeping, flying and hopping around like crazy! All was going so well... when I heard the hawk screaming. It landed in a tree next door, but I stayed in the "truck" until it left, and them bustled them back into the box to transport them back into the brooder. For some funny reason, it was much easier getting them OUT into the sunshine than catching them again after it was time to go home. (It so reminded me of when I took my human kids to the park and told them it was time to go home before dark!) Is it harder herding chickens or cats? close race I think! Only three weeks more (I think) and they will be feathered enough to stay outdoors. I don't know if I am glad or sad.... We are in Northern California, so while it is cold, it is not frigid. OK, we did get snow last week, but I brought the big "kids" into the garage and let them sleep in the warmth until the frost passed.