my babies are just now 6 wks. this is their first time in the open run. they've been using a corral for two weeks for their outside time, & now they think they're ready for more. the run is U shaped & quite big. there's no top on it so i've been real skittish about letting them loose. i've got a 12 x 18 shade cloth to hang that i think will give them some hawk protection (i think it will help keep them hidden from hawks). i can't hang it until after mon nite. some big storms are supposed to come in & i don't want my shade cloth torn up first thing. i hate waiting. their vision is phenomenal. a buzzard flew over that was way high. one of them gave a call & everyone froze for several seconds until it had passed. they did it again later when a pair of hawks flew over (i don't think the hawks saw them since they kept cruising past). i've corraled them back in twice today when i was going to be gone for a bit. i have been using a broom to "herd" them along. that has worked perfectly when they're in the corral, but out in the big open they have decided they don't have to do what i say. i have to say i love this chicken business. i'm still on the honeymoon - no sickness, injury, or death yet. i will have to pick four of them to go to the cook pot in a couple months. it's been funny to see who is pretty & who is ugly at any given stage. for the longest the silver laced wyandottes were the winners of the ugly award. they're beautiful now. the barred rocks have recently had the ugly award. they're still somewhat deserving, but they're getting better. the buff orps & black australorps have been cute or pretty all along.