My babies are 6 weeks old this week. Since week 2 or 3 we have spent afternoons on field trips playing in the little back yard patio pen i have for my small house dog. Their permanent home is almost finished...(hopefully by the weekend if the weather holds out) This week, I have been putting them in their run in the AM and back into the brooder at night. I have been hesitant to let them run loose (even supervised) in the "BIG YARD" because of loose neighborhood dogs and the fear I would not be able to catch them. Last night just before dusk i opened the run and let them wander out into the "BIG YARD" on their own. Nugget the Wellsummer was ready for the adventure and led the flock out of the run. Only chicken "farmers" will understand my joy when my 6 week old chicks followed me around the yard. Just before dark, I went to sit on the porch by the back door...they came up on the porch with me and tried to roost on the box I cart them back and forth in, I am sure so I could take them to bed. HOW FUN!!!!!!! L O V E I T !!!!!