I couldn't wait any more- I have been wanting to take the chicks outside for days! They are about 8-10 days old now. I opened the brooder and took out the first two that "volunteered" (hopped up on the edge). I took them into a sunny spot at first, and they were frightened and wouldn't walk around. Then dummy me figures out that it's way too hot in the sun, so we went over to a shady area. They still stood around for a minute, then a bug- it was small, like a ladybug- walked by and it was like a switch was thrown. The cockerel grabbed that sucker up and THEN they were like, "Oh yeah, I'm a chicken!" and began exploring and pecking and scratching. It was awesome! I went and grabbed two more and they were the same way- a bit scared at first, then they picked up from the other two what to do. They had a good time and would follow me. I was sitting and they would stay right with me, which was fine since I know they need close protection. I laid back on the grass and they eventually settled down nestled up to me Now I know what y'all mean when you say it's relaxing to watch them. It really is, and entertaining too. They ate some grit (dirt) and some small ants and pecked at the dandelions. I love how they softly cheep continuously. I don't know why, but it makes me laugh when they scratch, something about it looks so funny! I know, I know, I need to post pictures! I am terrible about that. But I really do want opinions on what I think is our "free exotic chick." I have no idea what breed he is (I am 99% sure it's a he, he was straight run from MMH and his tiny comb is already getting a little spiky), and there's no giveaway like a top hat. I know he could be just about anything and it may be weeks before we can tell, but it's driving me crazy!