I was doing some gardening and it was gorgeous outside in the sun so I brought 3 of my 6 girls out...my three 'flyers'. These 3 are the ones that are flying to the top of the brooder whenever I open it. So, Maggie (New Hamp. Red), Molly (BA) and Speckles (SLW) go outside for the first time at 16 days. This is what happened.... Maggie and Molly were curious and excited about the grass, the hummingbird buzzing around and the rocks....Speckles on the other hand, my little parrot, ran straight for my daughter and perched on her where it was safe. She waited until Maggie and molly had checked everything out before she got down to look around. It was a fight to get them to go back inside once they looked around for about 5 mins. But when I got about 5 feet away, they came running. I guess mama got too far and they were having none of that. Tomorrow, if the weather is nice again and warm, I will take the other three girls out for a few minutes. Maggie and Molly: Speckles not sure about the whole thing: Yes, I love my chickens...so much so, that I accepted a dinner invitation to friends' for Saturday evening only on the condition that I could bring the girls and their heat lamp. I did not want to be gone for 5 or 6 hours the way they throw shavings into their water and such. I have to clean their waterer every couple of hours...so, the girls and brooder are going to dinner Saturday evening. Have I lost my mind? Would they be okay at home alone?