We know nothing about chickens. She brought home three black Americana chickens that were hatched in her ag science class. We have been reading a lot online but I just want someone to tell me straight out what to do. We live about 5 miles out of town but it is a neighborhood. We have about 3 acres - 2 of which are woods. We have two dogs, a cat, a bird, fish, etc. There are bobcats in the woods and dogs roam around here all of the time. First of all, what do we do while they are still small? They are 3 weeks old. DH built a small crate in the basement with a top. How long can they stay in there? At what point can/should we put them outside? We are looking at different plans for our pen/coop but nothing will probably be built for about another month. We both work fulltime and the next two weekends dh has to work Saturday and Sunday as well. We were thinking about buying a chain link dog kennel with a top for as temporary housing while we build something. What do y'all think of that idea? We are excited and looking forward to the experience but we jumped into this pretty quickly and didn't have time to plan anything. Thanks for your help.