My neighbour got these chicks about a month ago, and I told her from the start, with all due respect, she must take better care of them if she wants them to survive. Today she called me and told one of the chicks died "unexpectedly"; when I asked why this might be she said "I, uh, forgot to give them food and water. Again." She added that they poop all over her front porch, and will I please take them because she can't find the motivation to take care of them.
So... I knew I might be making a mistake, because:
(a) We didn't plan on getting any new chicks until spring.
(b) If one of them died, who knows, they might have a disease.
(c) They are really flighty and seem to mistrust humans (can't blame them here). I like chickens who are tame at least to the extent you can handle them easily enough if need arises.
But I felt I just couldn't let them stay where they were, and took them in. Needless to say, I'm housing them well apart from my other chickens.
Which breed/sex/age are they? My neighbour told me they are cochins, but I don't know whether I can trust this information. I know the photos aren't great, it's already evening and I pulled them out of the coop to try and get a couple of shots. The lighter one (first photo) is larger than the others, even though they are all supposed to be the same age... looks like a boy, I think?
You can't see it very well in the photos, but their feet are feathered.
Any input will be much appreciated!