I have had free range chickens for about 5 years and always let a hen or two brood and raise her chicks on her own. Last year was the first year I had a mass death of chicks, once from an owl and once from an unknown ailment that killed the chicks at about two weeks. Two days ago my experienced mama hen hatched one of her 11 eggs, the chick seemed healthy until I found it dead the next night. Her second chick hatched yesterday and seemed fine except for a slightly distended stomach, however, tonight the chick was unable to stand and its legs were stuck out at an unusual angle. I’m afraid whatever is happening to this chick is what killed its sibling and I really don’t want the whole brood to go down! Please help! I really don’t want to have to bring them inside. I tried that once and hated the results; those chickens were slow to react to danger and never fully bonded with the rest of the flock. A lady I ran into at the feed store today thought the problem might have something to do with how they hatch. This makes sense because the shells this year are really thick; however, they seem fine for at least the first 12 hours after hatching… Update: the chick seems fine this morning except its legs don't work at all. It was out of the nest and i wonder if mama hen pushed it out (i put it back). Legs seem paralyzed.