Something got ahold of one of my chickens and broke her femur - she is young, about 3 months old. I don't know how she got away, but we don't have any vets that will treat a chicken. I understand most farmers would just kill her, but she is healthy otherwise, eating and drinking well and doesn't seem to be in alot of pain unless you move her around alot. I washed and sterilized the break - as it had broken the skin then set the bone as best I could, splinted, and taped her leg up into a sort of cast. She seems to be in a lot less distress now that I have done this and has even tentitively tried to put weight through her leg and hobble around her cage (i have her in my bathroom under her heat lamp so the other chickens don't attack her.) I should probably mention that my chickens are pets, not profit and I would be willing to pay for a vet to help her if I could find one that didn't just recommend I kill her. My question is that my husband said that since a birds bones are hollow, it may never heal. Will a broken leg heal in a chicken? Also, is there any humane way to amputate the leg - if need be as a last resort - if the break doesn't heal? How can I put her to sleep for the amount of time I need to operate without hurting her? I should also mention that I am a healthcare professional and have some medical experience as well as a good understanding of anatomy. I would prefer not to do myself but the small animal vets only see dogs and cats and the large animal vets only see large animals. I think it is awful that no one cares about my chickens.