My first chicks are about 4 weeks now. Its too cold here in NH to put them outside, or even in the garage. I just made a larger area for them in a Christmas tree box, which seems to work well. Well anyway, I don't have a fear of birds, but the chickens kind of freak me out. We didn't get them for pets, just for their eggs (sorry chickies). Just in the last few days they have really grown quite a few feathers. Whenever I open the brooder they try to fly out, and it freaks me out. Does this mean they are ready to be moved into a larger area? Or are they just going to do that anyway? There are only four of them so they seem to have plenty of room for the next few weeks. Anyway else not a big fan of birds that got over their fear and now love their chickens??