After keeping the chicks in a dog kennel for a couple of days inside the electric fence (hoping that the adult birds will get used to them) I let them out today. They took right to the woods eating honeysuckle leaves and scratching in the dirt. They are still light enough that they can get up in the air a fair amount and I’m not sure how well the fence will be at holding them.
I’m hoping this area will offer shelter from the aerial predators as it is hard to even walk through. I’m planing of this being their winter home.