I finally let them out by themselves! Ducks had a blast as I put water in a kiddie pool (knew they would stick with the water) I have a rooster that I swear is letting himself get eaten I found him a long ways from the other chickens but all in all they were in heaven scratching all the grass and figuring out how to be outside with a dog and a cat looking on. Dog was really good and just laid down. Cat walked up to a chicken on high alert and I thought a fight was going to happen and I would have to step in but silly cat just purred at the chicken so the chicken backed down. I ended up putting them all back in the coop by chasing them all in as I wasn't willing to babysit through supper time and I wasn't sure if they would actually put themselves to bed I am very proud that I have taken this step because eventually I want them free ranging all day~ Baby steps~ Plus I have a chicken killing dog so I have to know where she is at all times otherwise it won't work. Kids sometimes don't help with this idea so for now it will be when I am home alone when they get their freedom.