They were hatched last tuesday, on the 7th. So, that would make them one week old!!! She hatched 7, but 1 died. (my favorite...) We have 6 little chicks and 1 very happy momma! They are in a separate cage inside the main chicken coop. The last 3 broods she has had have died because of cats and they also got bullied by the other chickens a lot. This is our best set-up for little Connie to raise her chicks in so far. I do want them to start free ranging with the flock soon, however. I was going to start by letting them out at about 5:00 or 6:00 in the afternoon and watch them closely, giving them about an hour to run around with Connie and the flock. Then start letting them out sooner and sooner as they get older. One of my questions is, will Connie take them back to her cage? And the second is, can the chicks jump back up in the cage at 2 weeks old? The cage is about a foot off the ground. I'm not going to let them out until about 2 weeks... That seems like enough time for them to develop enough muscle to jump back into the cage at night.