Today, my 3 girls (oh please be girls) moved out of the brooder box and into the sunshine. The oldest, Daphne, is near 8 weeks and told me it was moving time by spending last night on the outside of the brooder rather than in. The youngest is near 6 weeks and feathered out enough I'm not too worried. The silly chicks headed straight for their new big-girl coop instead of scratching around in the yard, but I'm sure they'll get the hang of freedom (or approximate freedom) very soon. Io - with her little club foot - is a little teetery on the roost, so I think I'll build her a wider shelf than the 3" roost that is there now. Think they are ready to sleep in the new coop tonight, or should they sleep in the familiar and safe brooder a few more nights while they get the hang of outside and sunshine?