Hi all, New to the forum, we have an 18 week old Rhode Island Red pullet who today we found lying in the pen not being able to walk. Her history is she's been vaccinated and wormed before we bought her, she was bought with 3 others from the same breeder (all sisters), however she has always been the runt of the crop. We feed them pullet grower with fresh water every day and they are supplemented with a fair amount of food scraps every day, (bread, lettuce, a few baby tomatoes, apple peel, crushed egg shells etc). They are generally free range during the day or put in a run on the grass and she seemed fine yesterday. We stayed at friends overnight last night and left them caged early afternoon with their hen house door open. This morning when we returned home she was laying on the straw of the cage (not the coop) when I went to let them out but she didn't move (no idea if that was from last night or this morning?). She seems to be paralysed in one leg. I've felt it all over and she didn't flinch or complain when I moved it around. It seems like there is no feeling there at all. She has always been the runt of the crop and is smaller than the others despite being the same age. She has also for the last two or so weeks had what I thought was a pale comb - was concerned she is getting sick, but today's inability to walk is new. We've isolated her in a dog kennel with a towel, food and water for onight but i'm very concerned as to what to do next? I don't mean to be cruel, but our chickens are not "close family pet's" so to speak we bought them for egg laying and I don't really want to spend the $80 the vet has quoted just to see her, but all the same I am a responsible pet owner and want to help her. Any ideas of what to try? PS - we're in Australia - its summer here so no frost issues to worry about.