6 weekers are already mingling with big chickens..they are doing fine.
I have plenty of hiding spaces live on 8 acres of woods.
They hawks have always been around, but I have never had a problem with them before,knock on wood. Its stray dogs that like to thin my flock...and they disapear once caught.
I'll probably wait a couple more weeks, have new seed in the veg. garden. Don't want them helping themselves to a buffet..lol
I've got 7week old chickens and they've been free ranging in the evenings now for the past few weeks. I leave the door open so they can go back in if they want and about 1/2 stay out the entire time, and the other 1/2 like to stay in the coop!