Hi, I just had a hen hatch out a batch of 7 chicks. Here's the facts: Breed: the mom and all of our roosters (the potential dads) are game bird mutts descended from bantams our neighbor let get out of control & now there are feral game bird-ish chickens all over our neighborhood (that's another story). Anyway, they are small, slender, athletic-type birds and tend to be much hardier than our purebreeds and heavier breeds. Have never had a deformed chick hatch before & I know it's not genetic, since its feral predecessors had to survive or die & I'd have noticed a 1-legged chicken around the neighborhood. We only found them late today but I think they may have hatched two nights ago or at least last night. The mom, Princess, is taking good care of the babies and has not obviously singled out the crippled one, although my roommate reported she was pecking/nudging it gently, maybe trying to get it to walk?? I didn't take a super close look at it (it's cold out & it clearly wanted to go back to its mom) but I did see that it is not completely missing its limb. That is, the foot is still there -a deformed foot, anyway, very short toes -but no leg to speak of beyond the body. The chick was actually using the leg to "stand" -sitting with the good leg, standing on the short foot -not just resting its tummy on the floor, unless it was asleep. My roommate reports it was hobbling around/hopping with the others, albeit slower. (They were already asleep when I got home.) When I held it, it was active, protested loudly at being picked up, etc. I will post pics tomorrow, if I can figure out how. I don't want it to suffer but for all my experience I've never had to cull a baby before, as we usually just buy babies & all our "home-hatched" mutts have come out healthy. I guess I'm just asking, has anyone had any experience with this? Do you think it will learn how to hop? I read stories about that, but they all involved losing the leg later in life...I am perfectly willing to give this baby extra care if necessary, I've done it in the past for less severely disabled babies. Should I leave it with momma? Should I cull it? Sorry for the long post & thanks in advance for any advice.