Albert is 3.5 years old, 1.3 pounds, free range. Always healthy and active. Suddenly, two weeks ago, began staggering and falling, laying down frequently, not crowing. Inspection showed hard, swollen and hot thigh, skin yellow-white. Took him to vet. She thought it was an infection/abscess, gave intramuscular injection of antibiotic, oral pain meds, and oral antibiotic for ten days. Fever subsided, but not the swelling, nor did the movement return to the joint. Warned that avian pus gets dry and hard, I thought that might be the problem. After five days, I gave daily IM (intramuscular) injections of penicillin, which is broad spectrum and most likely to address the (likely) bacteria. Gave for an additional 7 days. No real improvement. I began gentle massage and mobilization, which he tolerated well, and seemed to like. He seemed to stand more erect and walk less unsteadily after the treatment. Question: other than what I have done and am doing might I try? I am a critical care surgical nurse, could give steroid injections at the sight of the hard flesh. Even perform abscess removal if I was sure of the diagnosis. I have spent $150 already and not anxious to return to the vet. Anyone been through this? Does he need tincture of time? It hurts my heart to see him like this. Thanks, everyone!