So this morning when I checked on my 30+ meaties one was sitting weird and when I dragged the tractor it became obvious that walking was very hard for him, involving a lot of flapping to move a foot or two. He sits with legs splayed out in front of him. I pulled him out, thinking I'd have to immediately cull, but he's very alert (which makes it so much harder!) and I felt all up both legs and feel no break or deformity BUT his underbelly (don't know the name for that part? The part they rest their body weight on) is inflamed and swollen and all the feathers are gone. I put him on shavings in a little cage in the barn with food and water within reach. Any ideas what causes these symptoms (sitting with legs spayed out front, discomfort walking) without obvious deformity? Is there a chance getting the swelling down may help, or is that likely a symptom rather than a cause? It stinks to lose them this far along! Not enough there to process, but already so much $ into him in feed!