Hi all, I registered a little while ago, but this is my first post. I have a small flock of bantam chickens, all free range. One hen has a batch of 7 three-week-old chicks, that have been free-ranging with her for one week (before that, mama and babies were in their own special section of the coop, with their own separate run). All chickens are closed up in the coop at roosting time, and let out again first thing in the morning. Mama and babies are closed back in their own section of the coop at night, so that there's less chance of chicks getting trampled or picked on while they're all confined. This morning when I opened the coop, only 6 chicks came out with the mama hen. I could hear the other one crying inside. Mama went back in and looked at it, then left with the other chicks. I found it in the coop unable to walk very well. It appears that she's having problems with only one of her legs, but I can't be certain that it's not both. I couldn't find any obvious fractures or dislocations, but when I pick her up it almost seems like that leg is non-functional - it just hangs there. She moves about by "scuttling" on her hocks, and when she sits her toes curl. I did look at curled toe paralysis as a possibility, but I think is seems unlikely. It really seems like the one leg is painful - I saw her try to stand up at one point and she cried out and tipped over on that side. Right now, she's in the house with me in a small aquarium, so she'll stay warm and safe. I've lined the bottom with a thick towel to give her some support and traction, and covered that with wood shavings. She's eating and drinking well. I'm looking for help in a) making a reasonable diagnosis - leg sprained or broken? how to tell the difference? curled to paralysis?, and b) possible home treatments. 1) What type of bird , age and weight. Three-week-old bantam chick - mixed breed, from a Sebright hen by one of our unknown breed bantam roosters. I don't know her weight, but she's the same size as her six siblings (so I believe she's growing normally). 2) What is the behavior, exactly. Unable to walk or stand, as described above. Appears to be a problem with only one leg, but I can't be certain. 3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? I found her this way when I opened the coop this morning. She was fine when mama hen took them inside last night. 4) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. I can't find any obvious injury, but trying to stand up did appear to hurt her (she cried out and toppled toward the affected side). 5) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. I don't know. My guess (if the consensus seems to be sprain or dislocation) would be that mama hen stepped on her leg sometime between lock-down last night and the opening of the coop this morning. 6) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Before this happened, she was free-ranging with mama and her siblings - so lots of bugs and grubs and greens. Plus organic chick starter available 24/7. I alternate plain water with water/ACV/garlic on each refill. Now she's in the house with chick starter and plain water. 7) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Normal. 8) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Nothing so far besides bringing her in the house and examining her, and making sure she got some food and water. I do have some Poly-Vi-Sol on hand, so may give her a drop of that as a booster. 9 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? Ideally, I'd like to treat it myself and get her back out to mama as soon as possible. Our mama hens reliably quit mothering around the 5 week mark, so I'm hoping to re-introduce this one before that to ensure she's accepted back with her siblings and the rest of the flock... 10) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. I don't know if a picture would show much - as far as I can tell, the affected leg looks just like its partner. She just stopped crying and calmed down enough to go to sleep, so when she's next awake I'll try taking one and posting it. 11) Describe the housing/bedding in use As of a couple of hours ago, in an aquarium in the house with a towel laid down for traction and wood shavings on top. Prior to this morning, she was in the special broody area of our coop with straw bedding overnight and free-ranging with mama and siblings during the day. I'm sorry this is so long, but I wanted to be as complete as possible. Thank you all in advance for any assistance you can offer! Teri Edited title 5/20 to include updates.