My very Sicilian grandfather has been eyeing my neighbors well tended flock of fifteen hens for a year now. On Friday morning, I was rushing out to the backyard to grab my rabbits litterbox set up before work, and found that instead of sitting in the sun bleaching where I had left it the night before, cheeping noise was urgently coming from a milkcrate that was stacked in it. He'd brought home a chick from a farm upstate! Apparently on his way back from his buddies hunting cabin in upstate NY, he tried to buy a chick off of a girl with a huge flock, who waved off money and handed him the chick in response to the news that it was for my ten year old brother. I don't mind mentioning here that I've been considering a small coop of my own for the past few months. However, I would have gone more along the lines of ordering three chicks from mypetchicken after having set up and built a henhouse and coop. Ah, hindsight. So now I have a chick I know nothing about living in my beagles kennel, with a hidey box I took out of my rabbit's indoor cage (with much displeasure on the part of the rabbit, I assure you!), no coop, no suitable feed, no idea of how old she is, or even if she IS a she, in which case back to the farm it would have to be, as roosters are very much illegal. I live in the middle of the Bronx, by the way. I want to build a coop in the next week or two, and add a chicken or two for company. But I really want to know what she should be eating at this point, and an idea of breed would be interesting. Here are a few good shots of her face and feathers/down combo, and a picture of her sitting comfortably on my boyfriend's arm for size.