We hatched 8 eggs in my daughter's fifth grade classroom, and on day 3, one of the chicks was dropped by a student. We put her in isolation and she seemed okay, but was holding a leg gingerly. I have had chickens for less than a year, so just watched her for a week, hoping that since she was so young, a possible fracture in her leg would heal within a week or two. Unfortunately, she started moving around after a few days, but over the past week, the injured leg is twisting out to the side. It started to look like splayed legs, with just one leg. I suspected a slipped tendon after reading a lot of old posts on the subject, and tried to see if I could slip the tendon back into place. Unfortunately, I think it is too late. The tendon is too tight after growing that way for a week, and it doesn't stay when moved (if indeed this is the problem, it's very hard to be sure!). For the last five days she has been hobbled and at night I tape her feet together and place her in a deep bowl to sleep. This is based on advice from other posts and a podiatry-chicken website. At this point, within the hobbles, she is still able to get around, but that leg is definitely rotated out to the side. She is strong-spirited, eating well, and otherwise thriving. I hate to have to cull her, but don't want her to be in pain. My question is...is it possible for a chicken to grow up with a slipped tendon and still be a happy hen? Our ladies free-range under the care of a very adept rooster and are penned securely at night. Thanks for your advice and experiences!