Hello, I am re starting an 8 day old thread here, but I was lucky to have responses from lots of intelligent and knowledgeble people. I followed everyone's advice and even visited a vet who thought the problem was Rickets, I then returned and they thought it may be a broken leg and splinted the one that appeared to be lame. Today I returned and after much discussion, I am told it could br Marek's disease. My little hen has baffled everyone. Can anyone give a clue as to what I can do for her please? She is alive and most of the day, alert. At present she is wrapped in a towel under my arm and responding to the screen and pecking my specs and the keyboard. Admittedly. she does fall asleep from time to time. Does this sound like Mareks to anyone? I have read the long but amazing pages on this site about the desease but my chic, doesn't have many symptoms. She eats what I feed her, the poop is well formed and normal, not runny at all, nothing in it. She talks to me and responds to sounds around her. She tries to move aound with a splint on one leg, but falls over! Her wings are strong and she shouts at me when she doesn't want any more food. She probably gets about 3 ounces of pellet feed a day with other things added to make up the weight. I do not want to give up on this young chicken. However, the vets say that after 8 more days ( She has been off balance for 8 days already!!) if she doesn't improve, she should be put to sleep. I have seen 3 different vets. Admittedly propably not Avian vets. I live in France and find the language difficult. although I did understand them all. ( To get to this ongoing problem.)---- Blossom is not able to balance, does not attempt to feed herself and she weighs only just over 1 kilo! She is alert and allows me to feed her by hand with her poultry food pellets ground down, some porridge oats added, mixed with Plain bio yoghurt with a bit of honey. I also syringe water with minerals ( from the vet ) down her throat and also feed her some scrambled egg. This I have done 6 times a day for 8 days. I give her fresh cut grass cut small and fresh herbs fom the garden on a plate and she is able to eat it by pecking from a plate. She will accept yoghurt from a spoon. I am aware that she is thin. I immediately removed her from my other hens on the day I thought she was being bullied. Hwever, bear in mind that these young chickens from a hatchery had lived here happily together in a new coop and run for 7 weeks before any problem occured. Can anyone advise on this situation please? I know I am probably clutching at straws, and ultimately the vet will leave the choice of Euthanasia to me. This amazing little hen has been by my side 24 Hours a day since she took ill. I do not want to make a wrong decision, although I have to consider what is best for her, not for me. Advice would be much appreciated. Thank you all.