Today was the first day I let the chicks and two hens loose in the yard together. The chicks are 6 and 7 weeks old and have had a pen alongside the big girls pen for a week. We fed the adults treats while the chicks wandered about and a few times the big girls wandered away a short distance and ignored the chicks. A few times, however, Molly the.cochin who is not the alpha, chased the chicks and pecked and pulled a few feathers. Penny the Orpington who is the alpha stood straight and gave them the stink eye and. They scattered. Sadly, the play date was interupted due to rain.i plan to do this daily for at least a week before sneaking them in at night. Today we are headed to Tractor Supply for more feeders, waterers, feed, wormed, Corid, and egg cleaner...and maybe an egg carton or 2. We also plan to put some branches in the run so the little ones have a chance to escape.i am comforted by the fact that there are twice as many chicks as hens! How does this sound so far?