Our 8 hens are about 8 weeks old now---gosh I'm losing track. They look so big and fluffy now with all their feathers. They've been out in the coop for 2 weeks now---the henhouse is "upstairs" with 2 nesting boxes but they haven't ventured up the ladder yet. That's fine with me and we have put some temporary walls up on 2 sides of the coop run so that they have some protection from my dogs watching them. I would really like to start letting them out a bit though. They are only on chick starter and worms that my daughter gives to them every now and then and tonight I gave them some grass I pulled. They also get yougurt at times. So the big question is.....if I let them out tomorrow while I'm right there....will they go back in the coop??? I will put away my dogs inside and probably my cats too since I'm so unsure what will happen. They are very friendly and interested in us when we come in the coop or come to the door. I'd like to think they would follow me or stay close to me in the grass. Is it better to try it now while they are young or wait a couple more months? I really want them to be able to eat naturally pecking at the grass. I don't like having to feel responsible for their enclosed environment.. Thanks for any advice. They are our pets too so I just don't want to take any chances.