Hello everyone: I am new here, this is my first post. I am also new the the purebred chick raising adventure after having a few game/bantam yard chickens that escaped from the neighbors pen I have two Sussex hens that were from the "bad batches" at MM....and they are not recovering well. They are now 8 weeks and one is splayed[splayed leg] and the other spends most of her time on her side [floppy chick]. They both eat and drink, though it seems that floppy chick gets around the small pen she is in for drink and food. Splayed leg is now reduced to walking backwards on her hocks and trying to position herself to eat and drink. I am really concerned about the quality of life for these two, especially splayed leg. They will never be able to go out with the flock and splayed leg seems in distress every time she tries to move though she still has the will to keep eating and drinking when she can arrange herself. Please advise. Also, the history for the batch of chicken these two came from..... (MODERATOR: may need to be reposted for the MM survey?) arrived from MM on March 11, 2008 in North FL 1 Sussex DOA 11 Sussex 11 Americaunas 2 Buff Japanese 2 Mille Fleur Total euthanized to date: 4 Total recovered to normalcy First two weeks healthy then 1 EE chick down, still eating and drinking. Week 3 -another EE chick down (not able to stand at all); 6 Sussex, 3 EE and the 4 bantams lethargic and weak some with head tremors. Week 4 -2 Sussex down Week 5 - 3 more Sussex down - all with tremors and uncoordination 4 chicks hung on with daily care every hour until I euthanized them after 2 weeks of no improvement. Now at Week 8 and still the two mentioned at the beginning of the post that have not recovered to near normalcy. HELP!!