Hi, my name is Rae and I have only two chickens at the moment, they are both rescues, I confiscated them from a farm I worked at after they had their legs shut in their metal cage door and mangled by the boy who was in charge of taking care of them, then I was told by the owners children about 6 weeks after the fact that their chicken's toes were falling off! I went and had a look for myself and was horrified to find among about a dozen chickens in a cage the size of a large refridgerator, these two poor animals, shaking from pain still six weeks later, pale, and with their toes withering and falling off from damaged circulation. I immediately confiscated them and told the owners that this was no animal attack as they had suggested, and that I would be removing these two animals as they were badly injured and could no longer compete for food. I took them home with me and cared for their wounds as much as I could at that late stage, and after a few weeks they were both happy and healthy and laying again, though Hoppy having a very badly damaged ankle joint would never be able to use that foot again (hence the name) I had them both checked out by a vet, though the vet assured me I had allready done everything that could be done for them at that stage, and that all that was left was to keep an eye on wht was left of hoppy's mangled foot, but since it still had bloodflow it was not something to be very concerned about. About two years after I took them I had just given them their dinner in their little house when I heard a noise and Lil chicken, the other one, came flying out of their cage screeching at the top of her lungs. I went to investigate and found that Hoppy had tripped and fallen against their feeder, and had caught what was left of her mangled foot on the edge, and because the joint was so badly damaged and had no ability to bend anymore her foot had just snapped right off! There was blood everywhere! She was bleeding quite badly and would certainly have bled to death before we would be able to get her in to the nearest city to a vet, let alone that it was after regular vet hours. I really had no choice but to think quickly and come up with the best option I could to save her life. I called my partner to get his camping gas cooker and the steel butcher's boning knife and to bring them and we quaterized her leg. It was rather scary, brutal, and painful for poor Hoppy I'm sure but there was no other option to save her life. She was a bit unwell for about a week to ten days, mostly pale from bloodloss, but after 10 days she was back to laying eggs again, and she has never looked back.....until now. My dear Hoppy is unwell at the moment and I don't know what is wrong with her, so as you can understand after all this chicken and I have been through together, I am very concerned for her.