I thought I'd post some pictures of our 41 (42 received, lost one first week) chicks, three weeks old today, on their first outing. We ordered 25 and were surprised and amused to receive 42! My DH rigged a temporary run for their first foray into the wilderness of the backyard - about 8 feet from the back door, so I could clean their brooders. They didn't want to be caught either way but once outdoors, and after a fashion, they started getting into their roles of how to be a chicken and pecked and scratched, ran and flapped their wings, chased each other, and just seemed to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. We have them in two brooders in the house, in a room that once was a porch but was modified to enclose. They are growing like weeds and are developing distinctive personalities. I can't get to know them like I probably could with the 6-8 originally planned (geez, that plan lasted about a day!) that grew to 25 then the unexpected 41. DH is busily spending every daylight hour after work (when it's not raining...this NH summer is the WETTEST I can remember, and I've lived here 41 years!) building the coop, and now we're deciding whether or not we're going to keep all of the pullets. Ordered pullets but I'm sure there's at least a few roos in the bunch. Some are "posturing" like roos do, too. We're new at this and are getting quite an education! Outside looking in! Here they are on their first day...big difference!