Hello everyone! I have 11 happy little chicks that will be turning 5 weeks old tomorrow. They are left in a very large dog cage outside during the day with lots of room for them to roam and scratch in the dirt. It has kept them safe from predatory birds and random cats and dogs who might make their way onto the property. At night we bring them in the house, but this week we'll be transitioning them to their new coop to sleep in. Anyway, for the past couple of weeks I've been letting them roam the property freely as long as I'm sitting near them. They LOVE it and no one has been lost yet, thankfully. One time recently a dove(!!) did try to pick one of the chicks up, but it was not strong enough and I was right there to yell at it and scare it away. A couple of cats have come by to check the chicks out, too, but I've always shooed them away in time. When they are grown we will be letting them have free range of our fenced-in 1 acre yard. I would love to let them roam freely all day now, but I obviously can't stay there all day supervising them. At what age/size do you think it would be reasonably safe for me to let them roam unsupervised during the day? Their main predators in this area will be stray cats and overhead birds. Thanks in advance for any advice you can share!