I have a few questions about releasing our little boy,

Does he HAVE to be 16 weeks when released? as at 10 weeks old, he is no longer drinking milk and seems strong/ smart enough to survive on his own at this point and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to keep him for much longer

Is a hard release such a bad thing? it's just that I don't have that many options to soft release as I have no garden and no cage big enough for him at the moment he's got a whole room to himself with a mattress pushed against a wall to climb and curtains to climb as well as a load of floor space it just doesn't seem that fair to then lock him in a guinea pig cage ( the only cage I have ) for nearly a month plus the only option I would have is taking him to my dads which has dogs which I think would just stress him out as they wouldn't leave him alone

BUT I have a park with lots of woodlands around the corner which I think would be a lot more suited to him and I can put a nest box in a tree with his ' things' in

Like I say I don't know what else to do and being from the UK my options are pretty limited