I have a 3 month old barred rock who recently began acting as if he can't use his right leg without extreme difficulty. I got him as a day old chick and for about two months he was running just fine, but now "Gimpy" spends most of his time lying down. I thoroughly examined him for wounds and found none, and he is not in pain that I can tell, but when he stands he is at best pigeon-toed and at worst sits on the side of his foot with his toes looking like he can't move them. Also, his wing has begun to droop on that side. He is one of our extra roosters scheduled to be eaten so we don't really want to spend money taking him to the vet, but I also don't want him to suffer! So far he has made the daily trek from the coop to where the rest of the flock spends their time (near the food) and he eats, but he does so lying on his side with that leg beside him. Up till now, he has just come out in the morning, stayed there all day, and gone to the coop with the others at night. Tonight, though, when all our others went to bed, he was lying outside the pen peeping so pathetically... I picked him up and put him to bed, but I don't know what to do. Should we put him out of his misery? I am not sure what is wrong with him, but it may be getting worse as he gets heavier. Certainly it is harder for him to move around. It seems a senseless waste to just kill him, but it seems cruel to keep him around long enough to be eating size and the kill him. This is the first time I have raised chickens with any intention of eating them, so this is already hard for me. Like many here, one of my primary motivations in raising my own meat birds is to be sure that the chicken I eat lived a good life and was treated humanely... but what is the humane choice for Gimpy?