My 12 chicks are now five weeks old and all are doing well. We finished the pen on Easter and they have been outside 4 times so far. Love to watch them peck, chase bugs and "try" to fly. Lots of dominance displays as well. It's all very interesting...kind of soothing to sit and watch. Here are a few pictures... The new run. It's 12'L x 10' W x 7' H. It has a door that closes automatically for safety and a little metal roof over the ladder to the coup. My husband built the coup into the corner of our shed and added a screened window for extra ventilation. He also designed their door to slide up/down when we pull/release a rope so we can let them in/out from outside the run. Finally, he buried extra chicken wire 20 inches underground to deter predators and my Catahoula dogs. Here are the girls outside for the first time on Easter Sunday. They didn't want to do out at first, but loved it once they were out there. Last night was the first time that they started going back in on their own at dusk. One of my Amerucanas. I am worried that she is a he. Long neck feathers and pretty dominent. Any thoughts? I can't have any roos in my town... :-( The girls hanging out in the shade. My white and buff Amerucanas really stand out from the RIRs, RSLs and Dominiques. Wonder if the buff one will turn all buff or stay half white? Two of my Dominiques trying to cool off (funny thing is it was hotter in the coup!). They are starting to get the beautiful feather patterns they are know for and their comb area is turning red. This is my first time raisiing chicks and I love it. Hope you enjoy the pics.