Thanks for all the help here so far, it has been much appreciated. I mentioned yesterday about some chickens I bought (specifically 3 Doms, 1 EE) that are approximately 24 weeks old. There were being kept in small wire cages with no access to exercise, with no bedding, just wire. I have the separated from my established flock and of course, turned them out into my fenced-in mini pasture. Needless to say, hitting grass and dirt left them puzzled at first, but then they seemed to love to roam. This may be a dumb question, but is there anything you need to know about transitioning birds in this way? In less than 24 hours, they already seem much more calm than the did when I went to check them out. Any problems in particular? They have free access to food and water, and to their sleeping quarters ... any thoughts on how long it will take them to figure out 'home'? Of course, I had to catch and coop them all last night.