I hate having to put chicks down but Id rather it not suffer the agony of a slow death. One of my delaware chicks was not doing well and had become very listless and we could not get it to eat and drink. It couldnt stand without help. We have another Delaware that is having standing problems and falls over but can get upright on its own and stay upright for quite a while but ends up on its side when it sleeps. We also have a silkie chick with what looks like either severe splayed leg or a dislocated hip. We are trying several things to help her grow into her legs but she eats and drinks when stuff is presented to her. We are hand feeding her and the other Delaware in hopes that a little growth will improve their conditions. So out of 22 eggs in my, less than optimal, incubator we had 8 hatch but 6 had or have problems 2 Pita Pinta sticky chicks have overcome their issues and doing fine. Hatched 4 Delaware,3 Pita Pinta 1 Silkie.
Its so funny to watch chicks go from tearing around the box to asleep then pop back up again. Considering all the problems with my bator Im happy with the ones I have.
Putting down any animal is heartbreaking. DH and I were discussing our past chickens of what was wrong with some and how we tried to save them - but in the end we found the ones that died naturally or had to be euthanized was the best for them in the long run. Many people try to give a disabled chicken a good start but some maladies just never correct and sometimes the best answer is culling to save pain or suffering that we might not be aware of. Nature sometimes takes care of the culling for us. Some disabilities/maladies are easy corrections but some are not worth putting a chicken through for the rest of it's life. Your Pita's sound like a pretty hardy breed.