My chicks are mostly fully feathered now. I think they're are 2-3 months old (I've lost count!). I've got them in a tractor at the moment and am moving it around the garden. We're in the process of converting our stone shed into a chicken house. When can i let the chicks roam free in the garden? Will they run away, or stay close by? We've got a big wall round our garden except on one side which has an iron fence. There's a lot a cats around here and my first lot of baby chicks got eaten when i left them outside for a few hours during the day. The same cat has been snooping round these chicks too but we built a proper tractor this time with chicken wire on every side including the bottom. I want to be able to let them out in the garden during the day under supervision, but I'm worried about getting them back in the tractor again. They're getting big, they can fly and run fast. I don't want to lose any. What's your advice? Should i clip their wings, and if so when and how? Can cat's eat fully grown chickens too? No doubt some will turn out to be cockerels, will the males chase off a cat to protect the flock? Also, unrelated question, when do they start laying eggs??