Hi all. I live in Goodlettsville tn and we are just starting on our road to chicken ownership ( not quite legally but they will have to get over that) . We currently own 6 hens--pullets. THey are all still living in our garage in rubber made containers and get to go outside supervised for a little each day. I feel like I am a nervous new mother again! Always checking on them. They are now starting to fly to the top of the containers to perch on the edge. Now I am more nervous once again. The ages range from almost 2 weeks to 5 weeks. When can they all safely go outside? I would like them to be acclimated soon. before it gets to cold--right now it is about mid 60's at night high 80's during the day--so it is pretty nice. Other concern is that the hen house has a steep high ladder--they can't go up it themselves yet--to tiny. I was also wondering when they can start spending the night out there. It is a pretty large run--any ideas what we can use --not to expensive to get it cover? The size is about 20 x 30 or so. it has a chain link fence around it with chicken wire around that to help keep them in. I know that snakes will be a problem, but theat should be it once it gets covered. Any and all ideas would be helpful so I can relax a little better during the day. We love our " Baby girls" and want to make sure they are safe--they are just so small right now.