Etta, one of my young Faverolles threw up a red flag a few days ago when I noticed that she was walking strangely. She's not acting too weird, limping or noticeably favoring one foot, but sometimes will walk a bit sideways. When I throw out some treats, all the girls come straight at me, but she will come 90% of the way, slow down and come at the treats at a 45' angle. Weird. I looked, but didn't see anything a few days ago. Today she was doing it again, and since their leg-bands needed changing anyway I thought I would wash her feet and see what I could find: A small patch in the center of her pad.... And that pad is slightly 'puffier' than the other foot on the same bird. While touching, she didn't squirm or yell, but I suspect this is not normal. I read the "chicken chick" page on the subject briefly before coming here, but was hoping that surgery wasn't necessary.. Of course I will do it if it's what has to be done... Opinions?