Well, it has been a few days since we brought our fist ever flock home and placed them in their new coop. We were told they were going on 8 weeks old, but the good folks on this site have shared their knowledge and experience and we now know that the chicks are probably only 4 or 5 weeks old. No worries, what ever, they are still cool. Anyway, I wanted them to get familiar with the new digs, take a few days to adjust to life outside of a brooder cage, before I opened the pop door and let them out into the 4x12 run we have for them. The chicks are not real tame, thought they are starting to tolerate me sitting in the doorway of the coop. I don't want to force them outside, I'd like to see them go out on their own. Will they do this? Also, will I have to wrangle them back into the coop at dusk or will they seek shelter as it gets dark? Should I put a light in the coop to encourage them to return? The food and water will remain inside for now.