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my chicken has a "bad" leg... help!

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One of our Silver Laced Wyandottes (about 20 weeks old) is hopping around on one leg. The other leg she holds up close to her body and the toes are slightly curled up. She gets around fine by hopping, but she also lays to rest a lot... everything else about her looks fine. She is eating and drinking fine, (store bought feed), and even scrounges like the rest of them for a treat! I have been giving her polyvisol, twice yesterday and once this morning... and wondering when I should expect improvement if that is the problem. How can I tell if the leg is broken? What else sould it be?

side note- my husband found a shell-less egg near her yesterday, and thinks it was probably hers... that's a calcium deficiency right?

and... her name is "cutie" smile

momma to 5 amazing children, wife to a wonderful husband, AND caretaker of a Buff Orp, a SL Wyandotte, 2 RIR's, 2 Golden Comets, and a Barred Rock, 12 baby chicks in the brooder (EE's, Maran's, White Leghorns), and 6 hybrid chicks being raised by their momma- which is such a JOY to watch! PLUS a dog and cat, Loving my mini farm life .
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momma to 5 amazing children, wife to a wonderful husband, AND caretaker of a Buff Orp, a SL Wyandotte, 2 RIR's, 2 Golden Comets, and a Barred Rock, 12 baby chicks in the brooder (EE's, Maran's, White Leghorns), and 6 hybrid chicks being raised by their momma- which is such a JOY to watch! PLUS a dog and cat, Loving my mini farm life .
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I have a roo doing the same thing, with curled toes.  He is drinking and eating normally and resting ALOT as well.  I'm looking for answers too.

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Wow I had to read this twice to make sure I didn't write it!  Check out my post - my 16 week old Silver Wyandotte is doing the same thing! 

Where did you get her from? 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=123302

Raleigh, NC
(1 Australorp, 3 EEs, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Buff Orp, 2 Silkies, and 1 Light Brown Leghorn that was supposed to be a Welsummer)
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Raleigh, NC
(1 Australorp, 3 EEs, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Buff Orp, 2 Silkies, and 1 Light Brown Leghorn that was supposed to be a Welsummer)
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well, she's still hopping around... not sure what to do.
can she live forever like this? will she ever lay?

momma to 5 amazing children, wife to a wonderful husband, AND caretaker of a Buff Orp, a SL Wyandotte, 2 RIR's, 2 Golden Comets, and a Barred Rock, 12 baby chicks in the brooder (EE's, Maran's, White Leghorns), and 6 hybrid chicks being raised by their momma- which is such a JOY to watch! PLUS a dog and cat, Loving my mini farm life .
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momma to 5 amazing children, wife to a wonderful husband, AND caretaker of a Buff Orp, a SL Wyandotte, 2 RIR's, 2 Golden Comets, and a Barred Rock, 12 baby chicks in the brooder (EE's, Maran's, White Leghorns), and 6 hybrid chicks being raised by their momma- which is such a JOY to watch! PLUS a dog and cat, Loving my mini farm life .
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How long has she been like that?  Is it her foot or her leg joint?  Mine is definitely the joint.  It's swollen to 2-3x the width of the regular joint on the other leg.  I've been giving her vitamin drops but it's barely helped. 

I know she's always been a weak chicken so if I were a serious chicken farmer, I would have culled her long ago.  But I can't seem to part with her.  I'm considering taking her to a vet. 

I doubt mine or yours will ever been a good producer. 

Where did you get yours?

Raleigh, NC
(1 Australorp, 3 EEs, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Buff Orp, 2 Silkies, and 1 Light Brown Leghorn that was supposed to be a Welsummer)
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Raleigh, NC
(1 Australorp, 3 EEs, 1 Partridge Rock, 1 Buff Orp, 2 Silkies, and 1 Light Brown Leghorn that was supposed to be a Welsummer)
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