On July 22nd I noticed 1 of my 3 hens, 4 1/2 months old did not get out of it's nest when I came outside to water and feed. Very unusual! I got it out of it's nesting box and assessed it to be very lethargic and "hurt". I stayed awake and held the chicken giving it sugar water and a lil' olive oil for 3 hours. When I placed it back in the coop it was more alert but I figured it would be dead by morning. The next morning I had to go out of town. Before I left looked at chick again. It was alive! But not much better than after I nursed it the night before. My husband informed me that that evening it was miraculously out of it's "deathnest" and walking, eating, and socializing! You can only imagine how excited I was b/c I honestly considered the night before, while nursing it, that maybe I could figure out a way for my daughter to fly home from horse camp in KY b/c I needed to be here for my sick/hurt chicken! Typical irrational thought of an animal lover!!! The following afternoon my husband called and informed us that she'd taken a turn for the worse. I arrived home the next afternoon. This would now be 3 full days after I first noticed her sick. She was on death's step! I got her out the coop, read 50 different things you could give a sick chicken, tried to give her as many as I could find in my house and got her out of an almost unconscious state. I placed her inside in the bathroom and I slept w her, almost cause for a divorce the following morning when my husband found me and Dixie Chick asleep in the downstairs bathroom with blankets and pillows!!! Unfortunately, if I have a sick animal it takes precedence!! That evening I notice it was not gripping well w it's left leg. Figured it must have broke it. When I examined it, noticed no swelling or pain when I touched it. I also could not see any visible break. At this stage it would not use the leg and kept it tucked up inside her. Talked to my dog/cat vet (who does have chickens) and when I told him about the left leg not gripping he suggested Marek's disease. I read online and she seemed to be a classic case at that time. Today is day 6 that I noticed something "wrong". Her left leg does/did seem to be paralyzed. But, as of today she has stood, hopped, and even put a lil pressure on her bad leg. She is still in my downstairs bathroom in the A/C and my husband hasn't left me yet! Presently she'll pick the bad leg up and stretch and move it around. For the first time tonight she placed a tiny bit of weight on the leg and took 5 half a** steps!!! I was so excited! She now eats and drinks on her own. Just difficulty moving. A lil' bit ago I did go check on her during her short stay (I hope) at my 5 star accommodations to find her on top of her nesting box. WOW!!!! Have I nursed her back, and shouldn't have? Does she have Marek's? Is it poisoning? Yard man did come 36 hrs before I noticed she was sick to fertilize my grass. I am so confused from everything I have read and researched. Can't find a vet in my town that sees chickens. She is alert, hopping on 1 leg and now placing a lil pressure on bad leg if she's able to place it on floor. She stands on her own. She is plucking her feathers. She scratched her face w her bad leg tonight. These are all great gains as she would do nothing other than lay even yesterday am. Just went to the b/room and she was on top of the wooden box again. Still searching for where to put bad leg, however, is still placing it on the ground and barely using it. But!!!! Big improvement from when I placed her in ICU in my downstairs b/room. Please ask ?'s if needed.