Aach, my chicks are only about 4 weeks old. They will be moving outside to the as yet unbuilt coop in th backyard in about 2 months. If I understand correctly, they are not to go outside until 3 months, right? These are my first chicks and after reading everything here I am wondering if there is any way to protect them. The coop will be against our barn (Which is also not up yet). It will be surrounded by a dog kennel. The kennel will have wire across the top to keep hawks out. There will be buried vinyl coated wire fencing around the kennel and it will come up a few feet on the inside to keep the chickens from sticking their necks out and getting grabbed. we will close them up in the coop at night. They will be allowed to free range, but it will be limited to when we are outside with them. Is there anything else we can do? I am terrified that I will put them out there and they will all be chicken h'ors d'ouevres for the local wildlife. I live in the Litchfield Hills of CT and we have coyotes, foxes, raccoons, fisher cats, black bears, opossums and hawks. Am I being unnecessarily worried? My kids lov the chicks and I have explained what might happen, but I am hoping we have a chance for them to make it.