Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Thelma and Louise- 6 weeks

Thelma and Louise are six weeks old!  And what we've discovered this past week is that there is a good chance Thelma is really a Theodore.  I was upstairs one day and heard the most pathetic little crow.  I've heard it several times since then.  You can notice in the pictures how Thelma's comb has turned red while Louise's is still yellow.  The crowing and the comb aren't definite signs that she's really a he but it's looking that way.  We won't know for sure for several more weeks.  I'm not sure what we're going to do if one of them is a rooster.  They loving being with each other and if I take one away, the other gets ear piercingly loud.  They snuggle together when they sleep and I just can't imagine getting rid of one of them. 

They get to spend some time out in the yard when it's warm enough.  They spend a few hours everyday running around inside too.  They do make a mess, they still have a few baby feathers that are falling out everywhere and of course they poop...a lot.


I've gotten a few questions about how we take care of them, where we keep them, etc.  They live in the biggest plastic tub we could find- in the empty breakfast room.  Chickens only need one square foot per bird so it's more than enough room for both of them.  Todd made a simple wire top to keep them in.  We weren't sure how the cat was going to do with them (luckily he doesn't care about them one bit) so the wire is there to keep him out and keep them IN.  I clean out their box everyday (we compost the shavings) and put in fresh shavings (on top of cardboard to keep their feet from slipping on the plastic), food (with grit added to it) and water.  We get the shavings and food at a feed store or Tractor Supply. You can see their food and water in the left of their box- we've stacked them on top of things so it's harder for them to kick the shavings into them.  They also have a warming light.  Their first week they need to be kept at 95 degrees and you decrease the temperature by 5 degrees every week.  They technically don't need the light anymore but because we've had a couple cool days, I've put a 65w bulb over them because it keeps them cozy.  We used a red warming light when they were younger- it's much stronger.


They get treats too- they love dried mealworms that you can get at any feed or pet store.  They like to eat grass in the yard too but don't really care for people food yet.  Louise did eat a cheerio she found on the floor in the kitchen and seemed to like that.  Grown chickens love fruit, vegetables, pasta, yogurt, scrambled eggs...


Thelma (Theodore) has had a tail for a few weeks now and Louise is just starting to get hers.  I refuse to accept that she might be a roo.


Louise has the softest feathers.  I didn't really expect her to turn out so white- she looked like a little chipmunk when she was little.  She is such a snuggler too.  I held her last night and she fell asleep with her head on my shoulder!


If you're interested in getting some chickens of your own, we ordered our chicks from mypetchicken.com.  They hatch and are shipped the same day.  In the spring you will be able to find tons of chicks on Craig's List and at feed stores.

22 comments:

  1. I loved reading about your two chicks. We (our boys) got 15 for Christmas. One of them died unfortunately, but the rest are doing great and are now 3 weeks old. We ordered two roosters and 13 hens, but it's too soon, as you know, for the untrained to be able to tell for sure. We kept them in our sunroom for two weeks and have moved them out into a storage room in the garage. We're planning to move them into a chicken coop in about 3 more weeks - if it's finished. Please keep us posted on your chicks. I need to take some pictures of our chicks to put on our blog; your pictures are beautiful.

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    1. Aw yay! Congratulations on your new little babies! They are so adorable when they're little puff balls. Ours should be in their coop next week- they'll have all of their feathers by then but we still don't have a coop. That was *someone's* job and *AHEM* it hasn't been done yet! ;)

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  2. My in-laws have 7 chickens. They always joke about "serving them for dinner!" They are PETS in my book! Lol. Coming from a closet vegetarian-I cringe at the thought of eating a pet :-). Your chickens are so cute! Love seeing them on Instagram!

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    1. So many people have said that to me- it would break my heart! I have eaten considerably less chicken since we got them. I could never be a chicken farmer or whatever you call them- I'd be a vegetarian for sure!

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  3. We're getting some chickens too in the spring (probably off of Craigslist or at Tractor Supply's chicken days).

    I've heard that it's good to have a rooster around if your hens free range to protect them and keep them from straying too far. I'm not sure how you keep from having chicks later on though!

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    1. Absolutely! The rooster protects his flock of hens and if we lived somewhere more rural there wouldn't be a problem. My house is right in the middle of downtown which has a major feral cat problem. I'd be worried to let them free range but we are looking at property in a more rural area. They will be in a coop and run most of the time and be out to graze when Todd is working in the garden which is pretty much all the time come spring and summer!

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  4. Oh my goodness...they are so cute! I never knew that chicks will snuggle with you!

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  5. That's where we got our chickens from too- we have 2 Easter Eggers (Delores & Gladys), a barred Plymouth Rock (Agnes), & a Buff Orpington (Mabel). We got our first egg on Christmas & one of the other girls just started laying this past week. They are so much fun & so entertaining to watch.

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    1. I love their names! It cracks me up that most hens have "grandma-ish" names. I've already got names picked out for our next few. I think we're going to try to find a frizzle and I definitely want a silkie.

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  6. Does downtown have any chicken laws? I know some municipalities are weird about stuff like that. Wouldn't it be too weird (and kind of a bummer) if both are roos? I hope not! I know they are part of the family for you guys now.

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  7. Both are cute!!! Post more pictures of them.

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  8. you can always tell what sex a baby chicken is by their feathers (that's the easiest way)

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    1. That works with most breeds but not Easter Eggers because they're technically a "mutt". There really aren't any rules for this breed.

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  9. My husband would love to have chickens. Unfortunately you need in Germany a permission in residentials areas and the allowance of your neighbours to keep animals (not pets).

    Greetings from Germany

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  10. They are so cute!! Wish I had (my own) yard so I could get some myself. :)

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  11. I had a pet chicken named Melissa when I was in preschool (b/c that was my best friend's name, and I thought I would honor her). ha! This is bringing back so many memories.

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  12. oh, "mutts" are always the best and most loveable. Since they are "mutts" could someone still tell the sex by squeezing their "poop" hole? (I think that's how the trained people can tell the sex of a baby chicken).

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  13. My husband is in the poultry business (he runs a hatchery) and I showed him your post. He said that Thelma is a boy (98% sure). Looking at the pictures he said that Thelma looks meatier than Louise, especially in the legs which is what he went by (Assuming they are the same breed even if they are Easter Eggers).

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  14. Disgusting. Nice that you are living in sin....goes with your hair.

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    1. Seriously?? Didn't you ever learn to keep your mouth shut if you have nothing nice to say? This is what's wrong with the world. I could go on, but I'll stop..........

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    2. I don't recall ever saying that we lived together. Nice of you to make assumptions.

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  15. This makes me want chicks at Stone Hill Farm. Oh my gosh it would truly be a farm and we have a third of an acre. You all are an inspiration. xoxo

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