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.
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.