I've been keeping my 12+ weekers in the coop/run until they are at least big enough to scare the barn cats. They are getting to that size now and the cats are no longer paying attention to the coop. The coop and run is a bit small for eight birds (30SF coop, 70SF run) so I'd like to let them out a bit (I do plan on expanding the run, and we are building another coop for my new chicks + overflow - darn chicken math!!).. Unfortunately, I have rather scaredy cat birds AND half of them are white leghorns, which as everyone knows are great flyers. The other four are RIR/Production red. I don't even think I could catch them to clip wings, although I've read here even that's not foolproof. All the property around the coop is forest. Is it likely they'll come back to the coop after being in it non stop the last eight weeks? My door is about a foot off the ground, so I was planning to put a ramp to help them get in and out. My other option is to just hurry up and expand the run. I know better and have bought less nutty chicks for the next round. At least I hope so. I just know I'll open the door and poof! off they go.