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Abandoned Chick... What age and breed?

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I got a message from someone 2 days ago saying that a friends son had found a baby chick abandoned in the high school parking lot.

 

I of course agreed to adopt her and bought her a Cream Legbar nest mate that seemed close to the same age, but it is hard to find a single chick around here without being forced to buy 9. (we already have 4 in a small town)

 

My question is, could anyone take a close guess about her age?  The person who gave her to me had guessed 2 weeks.  The one week old Legbar is much smaller than her, but has more wing feathers, by quite a bit so I haven't been able to decide on age.

 

Hoping some more knowledgeable chicken people may have an idea, (also really hoping she is a she).

 

Also any thoughts on a possible breed?  She is yellow like the typical Easter chick you always see, but she has very light gray patches around both eyes up to her head.

 

I took the best picture I could manage, but she is a hyper one and moves around a lot.

 

She is so sweet, but she peeps non stop and sounds like a Cricket, so that is what we have named her.

 

Thanks in advance.  We are currently using her cues for adjusting heat since we have no idea of age for certain.

 

Adding a funny story to this for your enjoyment.  Even though my hens have not been particularly broody I tried to sneak the 2 chicks in the nest box when my sweetest hen was in there to see what would happen.....she gave the funniest squawk to tell me just how distasteful she thought I was lol.

 

 

 

 

Chickens: 1 Light Brahma (Vannah), 2 Australorps (Mimi and Pearl), 1 Barred Rock (Hester) (Born June 15, 2015)
Ducks: 2 Muscovy Ducklings (Born June 29, 2016)

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Chickens: 1 Light Brahma (Vannah), 2 Australorps (Mimi and Pearl), 1 Barred Rock (Hester) (Born June 15, 2015)
Ducks: 2 Muscovy Ducklings (Born June 29, 2016)

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I'd guess its only somewhere around a week old based on development. Not sure on breed, splash Orpington maybe? They're slow to mature and fairly large...
Nikki
*C'mon, get flappy!*
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Nikki
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I'd say it's between 4 and 7 days old. (Only being so precise because I have two chicks, seven days old today, with only a little more feathering than yours.)

If we could see a clear picture of the comb, it would help identify the chick's breed. (That said, I completely understand if you simply can't take one. Hyperactive chicks...)
Edited by shanadienne - 4/6/16 at 2:59pm
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