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We recently "adopted" a chick that could not be sold in the local feed store because it had what we were told was a "leg deformity"- not sure if it hatched this way or if it was broken during shipping, but it stands on the side of it's foot. The store was going to cull it, but my husband is a sucker :-) and the girl at the feed store asked him to take it home for free. (We have a dozen chickens already, so we are familiar with raising them.) The chick seems to get around enough to eat/drink/ get under the heat source, and it has one other chick in with it (also a "free" chick, in NY you have to buy in lots of 6 birds, and this one was a "leftover" so we got it for free with the other chick!) ANYWAY, the chick with the bum leg seems to cheep LOUD and CONSTANTLY, and I'm just worried something is wrong. It's a rhode island red (straight run, so idk if it's a hen/rooster) and about 1 week old. It doesnt reat when you touch the bad leg, so I don't THINK it's in pain, and it seems to be eating, drinking, eliminating waste, and moving around enough...any thoughts on if the poor thing is suffering? Is the cheeping a signal of pain? The other chick seems completely fine.


Also, has anyone dealt with a chick with a bum leg? Any suggestions? I am afraid it will just never be able to get around enough on it's own...