My husband thought it would be great to incubate chickens, we certainly got the kinds he wanted, and I am happy we started in the biggest learning curve since childbirth
But we didn't really expect (because we hadn't found this forum) only 3 out of 12 eggs. So I weighed up pros and cons and also it was like oh man that was awesome let's do it again, after the drama of hatching was over, we got more eggs, same result.
So at present our older 3 took to outdoor life at 5 weeks old like pros. We have a CCL cockerel, a pullet and CCL/BCM pullet. Our new babies are 2 Blue French copper Marans and a black one who Is confusing with a red comb and girl markings. We will wait and see.
We have had horrendous weather, high winds, torrential rains so we didn't get the babies outside as quick as before. We have had a small crate next to the pen for the last few days and today we put them in part of the big pen my husband cordoned off and made a separate door for. Current situation is the big ones come and look, the little ones looked back but now they don't bother, they ignore the big ones. Just carry in sunbathing, pecking whatever. To me that seems like they don't feel threatened. We are setting up a cluttered coop situation with lots of hidey places. I don't want to rush this, but I don't want to do it longer than necessary, especially as we have a spell of great weather coming and I'd love to have them all out together.
Any advice on what are the signs it would be safe to let them mingle supervised, my older ones today looked for a minute or two at first and then have literally ignored them all day. I took a video on of them relaxing while the wee cockerel had a look. They didn't look bothered at all!