Hey everyone - I missed this forum ! My computer crashed several weeks ago, so I haven't been on for a while. Until now. Anyway - my question is, how old should my chickens be for them to free range safely ? My chicks are 7 1/2 weeks old and growing like crazy ... their feathers are comming in very nicely. These are my first chickens, so I don't know if their feathers are all in, or if they have more to come through, or how it works. I just know that they looks like young chickens ... no longer like peeps. I could take some pics of them I suppose. But anyway, when are they big enough to free range safely ? What I mean by safely is - we have cats and dogs .... I think my dogs will be ok with them, as long as they don't give the dogs to much of a chase. If they run wild - then yes, it's possible my dogs will run after them and possibly hurt them, but if they don't run like they're wild, my dogs won't bother them. My dogs leave the cats and goats alone ... because the cats and goats don't run from the dogs. So I'm uncertain how the chickens will react to the dogs and vice versa. Also - I'm curious how big the chickens need to be so the cats won't bother them. I would like to free range them during the day, and then put them in the coop at night. So ... what are your opinions ? At what age should they be mature enough to try them free range ?