I just bought chicks a few days ago (we decided we want to raise a few for eggs and such). So we bought 4 of them. They are different breeds and seem to get along with each other quite well; however, there is one that is having an issue. This one is a bit smaller and I think it is acutally a bit younger and seems to be a "runt." I think there is something wrong with its right leg/foot. It tends to lie down and sleep most of the time. I'm nervous that it hasn't been eating enough so I pick it up and place it in the feed bowl and it eat some more until the other 3 come charging over. Everytime is stands up it lifts it's right foot up and holds it out and balances like that until another chick accidently knocks it down or it decides to lay down. It doesn't seem to be "weak" in the sense that it doesn't do anything. It has a good pair of lungs on it, it peeps and cheeps so loud and makes it's presence well heard and occassionly it hops and lunges around. I'm just really worried about its foot. Does anyone know what could be wrong with it? Somebody mentioned a topic about a spalyed leg...could my chick have that? What can I do? Do you think it's an injury or do you think it's some cripple defect? I don't know too much about chickens. I know a lot about horses. We're just starting this chicken "business" and it's kind of sad because this little one is my favorite. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you.