So my last batch of chicks hatched out July 7th, and because they are the last batch of the year they've been more spoiled than any other batch so far this year. They are now 9 weeks old and still coming inside the house at night, mostly because my mother and my kids think it's "too cold outside for them at night". This batch consists of 5 Marans, 9 Silkies, a White Orpington, a little mutt chick that is probably a Bantam Buff Orpington/Bantam Cochin mix, and 3 Silkie/Cochin mixed chicks. Well, the Marans are by no means stupid. I can't get any of these babies to stay in the chicken yard. Instead they hop through the fence and come and lounge on the patio or under my little evergreen bush in front of the patio, and they eat up the bugs in my yard. Well, when dusk comes, they come up onto the patio, then up onto the porch, and they stand in front of the door and cry incessantly and peck at the door. If I open the door, they start walking in, they cross the dining room into the living room, and go to their brooder! The ring leader is Bleu, a Blue Marans that is actually a light blue, and so beautiful. We think Bleu is a cockerel, but aren't sure. Right behind him are the other Marans, the White Orpington (Angel), and the Silkie/Cochin mixes. The Silkies aren't quite as smart and they will follow Bleu as far as the door, but they are afraid to come inside, so we have to scoop them up and bring them in. Silly birds... I can't take pics, no batteries for the camera, but I hope to catch some pics before I sell the rest that I plan to sell and move the rest out to the coop. 9 weeks is too long to be inside!!!