I'm sure this question is asked a lot. But I'm fretting! I've got four 7-8 week old chicks that have outgrown their "brooding box" in the house. We've been using decent weather days to let them in a round pen in the yard. But it's cold and rainy still and them living in this little brooding box isn't working anymore and the round pen is in the open air so they can't be left in the elements. They seem to have all their feathers. But they're barely 8 weeks old by my count. I think it's time to move them into the coop. We have 5 hens that all get along well, I see no real aggression issues. They have plenty of room. Our coop is large enough to accomodate 10-15 hens inside and it opens (24/7) into a covered run that leads out into a large outdoor covered run that winds around our landscaping. The babies would be able to escape the coop in the morning into the runs, but they have no cover to hide from the hens. I think building such a thing is impractical? But maybe we should try it today - a "box" that they can get into but the hens can't?? Any ideas for how to construct such a thing quickly? Is this necessary? If we put our 8 week olds into the coop tonight, will I wake up to henpecked or injured chicks tomorrow? Is it a likely risk? Or is this commonly how it's done? How have you done it in the past?