OK it's been awhile since I got the chance to be on here I have been in the hospital for kidney stones and the wife has been taking care of our chicks. They will be 8 weeks old on friday and I must say that after not seeing them for a week that WOW did they grow. My wife now tells me that we will no longer butcher her girls and that they will livw a good life in the back yard. I knew she would get attached to them. Ok now on to the questions. 1- They are 8 weeks old and feathered out. It is going to be in the mid 50's today with some rain showers. Will it be ok to let them out of the coop? They have shelter out of the rain if they want it.. 2- I started to feed them oyster shells, grit and layer food is this ok? 3- Will they ever stop fighting over who slleps where on the roost? The wife hates to see them fight. I must say that I never thought we would get attached to them the way we have. I wanted chickens for eggs and meat but what I have now are 7 spoiled chickens for whom we at times make a special trip into town for snacks. We have came to find out that they LOVE scrambled eggs, Cantalope, and some big block of food that my wife found at Tractor supply. I never thought that this chicken adventure would of wen this way. But I nust say I enjoy watching them run around chasing each other. I am even starting to tell what the different noise's are that they make. All in all i must say that chickens are alot of fun and I have been nothing short of thrilled raising them the last 8 weeks.