A little over a week ago, my BA Matilda, who is 11 months old, started limping. I checked her foot for bumblefoot (using all the descriptions found here on BYC) and there was no scab or anything hard in the pad of her foot. Her limp got worse. By the third day she was REALLY gimping around. On the fourth day I came home from work and found her sitting on the ground to eat from a feeder. So I picked her up and checked her foot and leg again. She allowed my manipulations. It's her left leg. Couldn't find anything. But when she got up, she used her left wing as a crutch and began to hobble - barely - towards the waterer. OMG. I picked her up and brought her into the house right away. Set her in a Rubbermaid bin I was readying to use as a brooder for chicks hatching in an incubator.... gave her food and water, which she was very glad to have right close to her. Then I prepared a cardboard box for her (because that brooder box really needed to be used for chicks and I wanted her to be able to get out of it if she wanted to do so). It's on its side, so it's like a cave. She keeps her left leg stretched out behind her. She can wiggle a toe, but mostly the foot stays curled up. Her leg is warm, which I think is a good sign. I can bend it back under her, she doesn't squawk or pull away. It doesn't stay under her, though.... I work, so she's on her own all day. The first two days she got out of her cardboard box and made her way into the (unused) cat litter box to lay an egg. Then she stayed there. It seemed to be too much trouble for her to get out and drag herself back to the cardboard box. She continued to drink, just fine, and ate chick feed (for extra protein) and any treats I bought her until 3 days ago. She stopped being interested in feed, but would eat oatmeal, BOSS and mealworms. She also drank, but most of the time she just seemed so depressed. Although she did hobble/drag herself back to the cardboard box when the heat radiating from the brooder area got the litter box too warm. I think that's why she moved, anyway. Or maybe she just wanted to be back on pine shavings. I was hoping she would perk up, listening to the chicks peeping. I know chickens are social animals. But it was obvious she's depressed. She would talk to me, quietly, but not with much animation. Most of the time she had her head in a back corner of the cardboard box. I bought a hutch kit and built it today, setting it up on the back porch. I have a grow-out brooder out there with older chicks in it, too. But I really thought it would be best for Matilda to be out in fresh air, plus be able to see and be seen by her flock mates. Oh BOY, did that work! She perked right up and started eating and drinking. I had set her in the little "nest box" portion of the hutch facing out to the wired sides of the hutch section. She raised up and looked around, and clucked a little to her flock mates who came up on the porch to look in the hutch. I just don't want her to be in pain. I don't care how long it takes for her to heal, I'm willing to keep her safe, warm, fed and able to visit with her flock mates. If only I knew what was wrong with her. I'm guessing she hurt herself in the coop jumping or falling from a roost but I don't really know. Can I get some reassurance I'm doing the right thing?