Fostering Feral Kittens
I do not have cats, so I am a cat novice. I need help! At our church there were some feral kittens wandering about. Not sure if the mom was nearby or not, but all we saw were the kittens, that appear to be about 8 weeks old. They were caught by the maintenance crew, and they attempted to take them to the humane society, but they are full. So I tried to help but all the area animal shelters are full with kittens, and the only place to take them is animal control, where they will most likely be put down. So, after their pleading, I agreed to foster them, 2 of the kittens. Both are very scared. I attempted to pick them up the other day, one did well the other one bit and clawed me, so we're back to taking it slow. I'd like to get them socialized, because then they will have a better chance of getting adopted. I plan to have them spayed / neutered, and all their shots done, but I want to wait a week or so, so they can calm down, since they've been stressed out by the move.
My question is, what is the best way to socialize them? I have a large, screened in patio, where I have them kept for now. Is that too big a space? Should I keep them in a crate/carrier/cage? They seem to like wandering around the patio, but I don't know if this will slow down or hurt the socialization process. Please help me know what I should do, what is the best way to handle this situation.