My chicks are about 3-4 weeks old now. On the warmer days, I've started putting them in an unused chicken tractor I have made escape proof for their little bodies. I keep a box out there with shavings and a heat lamp over it just in case it may get too cool for them. I have observed they stay in the box and also roam a bit to scratch around in the dirt and experiment eating the occasional grass leaf. Another step in socializing I've done is introduce my gentlest adult hen to the chicks, a year old buff orpington. I've kept a watchful eye during the mixing to make sure none of the chicks get injured. I did observe the occasional light peck from Ginny, but nothing excessive or to raise concern. The chicks seem quite natural among her and I was hoping these steps would help eventually mix the young flock with the adults at a later date. I would like to hear of others' routines in exposing young chicks to the elements and new scenarios as well as to adult hens. Part of the reason I am enjoying getting them outside is because they are starting to stink up the house! The more they grow, the more they eat, the more they poop, and you know how that goes! Dave Americaun Beauty! Eatin'. You know what comes next. Lazy chicks. They sleep like the dead when they are not bouncing around like crazy. 6 piece bucket. Coming in from outside.