I posted my introduction a few weeks ago, and I mentioned that some crazy guy gave a chick to my 2 year old at a farmer's market just as we were exiting the gate, so we ended up keeping it. We know almost NOTHING about chickens, but we do know that it's a Rhode Island Red, now about 4 weeks old I would say.
It's basically fully feathered, except for on its neck and head and under it's vent... Although, I do see short feathers under the vent now, and some trying to come in on the back of the neck, so it's only about another week or so. It's comb has also been growing noticeably, although not huge, and turning a slight pinkish color. Does that for sure mean that its a roo? I know hens have combs too, and it has had tail feathers since it was just less than 3 weeks old, and they're now about 2.5 or 3 inches long. I also see the start of wattles, but they're just on the head, not long enough to hang at all. It also makes a "purr" sound similar to a pigeon and it randomly squats like it's trying to lay in a nest ALL the time. I don't know if that provides any information about sexing. I'm sure you'd need a photo. Anyway, it seems quite healthy to me.
But I have more questions. Since it's a single chick, several have told me to get another one or two. The problem is, a local feed store had some 3 week olds that they were holding for someone but they said they would get more this week. When I went today, they had 2 DAY olds. Much too young to put in with my 4 week old, huh? Well, I know I'm supposed to quarantine anyway, so by then my RIR will be 8 weeks and my Barred Rock little hen and Golden Comet little hen will be only 4 weeks old. When will it ever be okay to introduce them? Will those breeds be alright together?
And the other thing is space. My husband doesn't want me to keep the 4 week old (almost fully feathered) chick in the house any more. It's big enough for the dog crate, but he's afraid that it will throw bedding everywhere and just be too messy. He wants me to put the 4 week old RIR on the well-covered porch in the dog crate with a blanket over it overnight. I'm concerned because it's a single chick. Will it be okay out there? Nothing could hurt it in there, but I mean, because it would be alone and the low tonight is 60, but we live in a sort of foggy location, not far from the river and it is supposed to rain tonight. It doesn't get wet on the porch, and I would put the blanket over the cage, but I'm concerned about moisture and temp I guess. Any suggestions about that?
The 2 little chicks would be staying in the bathroom under a light. It's been around 80 degrees here without it, so especially with the light indoors, I'm not worried about those two.
Sorry for the XLong post!