First of all hello everyone im not new to this board but new as a member. You guys have helped me out in more ways than one. You just didnt know it.. My problem is this..I homeschool my kids, so we are home alot. We have had 15 bitties in our house in a cage. Well the time has come to put them outside. They are old enough and our coop and run is done. But we cant get the courage to do it. We have babied them and they are like pets now. My husband said he knew this would happen. All of our pets we treat like humans...Part of the family. We wont be able to watch after them during the night and we are worried about predators. I dont know who wil be more upset me or the kids. I actually feel bad for letting my kids and I get so attached to them. But its the way we are. We love nature and all creatures.. So, how did you guys do it? How did you survive the first night or week with them outside the house? I do hope I dont sound crazy.. but i feel it..lol I am even considering putting in a hot wire fence around their run to make the kids and i feel better. My dog(mini datsun) and my cat love the bitties. They were in the house with them the whole time. No attempts to harm them. But there are huge dogs and foxs, bobcats, and bears in our area. Also going today to get a pellet gun. We dont own anything besides a paintball gun. My husband says im turning the place into fort knox...Any help or advice will be great. Im debating not sending this post through.. I still cant beleive im posting this over chickens...We love them though.