I'm brand new to chickens (like two months into owning chicks), and I can't seem to find any information on what age the hens should be before they are outside with the rooster. Right now I have seven chicks that are going on 7 weeks old, and a full grown rooster. I believe the hens are ready to move out into the coop/run in the yard, but I don't know that it's safe to leave them with the rooster. Do I need to lock him in a smaller coop until the hens are fully grown? When can the hens and the rooster all be loose in the yard together? I have a second set of 10 chicks that are coming up on two weeks old, when can they join the flock, and when they join the hens, do I need to pull the rooster again? The short version is "How old do chicks need to be before they can safely be around a rooster?"