Our six, 4-week old barred rock chicks are quickly outgrowing our rubbermaid "home" in the sunroom. We were able to rig up a make-shift outdoor run for them last week and they enjoyed being in the grass and sun. This weekend we rigged up a sturdier coop for them - granted, we don't have any predators aside from the occasional hawk - using our swing frame, chicken wire and an old ladder. They LOVE it! They now can see all around the yard. We put them out there each afternoon for a few hours and all day on the weekends when the weather cooperates. We bring them in each night. Their fancy coop will arrive in a couple weeks. Here they are enjoying full use of an old ladder we've turned into a roost: Their big sisters, Gladys and Granny, have their own digs for now: The new coop will house all 8 of the hens when the six chicks are big enough to hold their own.