My Easter Egger chick, Easter, starting limping around 7/8 weeks old. She was vaccinated for Mereks but was around two non-vaccinated birds at a week old. I separated her from the flock when she started limping (she's a house chicken now). Remaining 6 chickens healthy no issues. Early on I took her to a vet who did an xray on the leg that the problems initiated with and I was told no breaks or fractures, might be a sprain in the knee with some loss of feeling / nerve damage ocurring. Was sent home with Metacam for pain and inflammation. Very shortly after going to the vet (same day I think) she stopped even trying to stand up on the other leg. After another week (two weeks into this) she was barely eating, neck seemed weak, she seemed disoriented trying to peck at food but couldn't focus on it. I thought that was it. As a last ditch effort thinking now this had to be Merek's I gave her a huge liquid dose of Hypericum (St. John's Wort) which some people tout can help. I was praying for a miracle cure. Prior to this I'd been giving B12 (thinking that would help nerve damage) vitamins, probiotics, electrolytes etc. I'd been doing ok giving the liquid metacam, but she didn't like the liquid hypericum at all and accidentally aspirated it. I thought I'd surely killed her. She gasped and had labored breathing for at least a day (stretching neck way out with beak open) I could hear gurgling sounds in her beak and in her chest. I was worried about pneumonia. But at the same time (I thought I imagined it at first) it seemed like she could now hold her neck up better. Unbelievably after two more days her breathing was back to normal but she still wasn't eating much if anything at all. She'd survived the aspiration! I'd read another story online where a doctor said it can take several days, but their system will work it out - in this case it did! That in itself was amazing! But she still wasn't eating. Two and a half weeks and now I thought starvation was going to do her in. I held her in my lap thinking she surely wouldn't be alive in the morning (not the first time I'd thought this since this started). Then I thought it was about to happen - she peed out a huge stream of liquid (my lap was soaked), and the foulest smelling diarrehea I'd ever smelled.. and gave some painful gasps afterwards. She acted really sleepy after that. I didn't want her passing away smelling so awful so I gave her a really warm bath and held her in a warm towel till she dried. Then I set her back in the cage and said goodnight thinking it would be the last time I'd say this, but UNBELIEVABLY she perked up and started pecking away at her food with vigor unlike anything she'd exhibited in the prior two weeks! I don't know if she felt better because she'd relieved some kind of blockage or if it was because I'd just set her on a RED towel (her normal one was dirty) but something kicked in and she ate and ate and ate. A week later and she's eating and drinking completely normal every day and has energy, preens, purrs etc. but still can't stand. She struggles and tries to but can't stand. The weird thing is it almost seems like her original bad leg now has more movement and strength than the leg that started out good (which now seems more lifeless especially in the toes). It's so bizarre. Both legs still have issues though and I don't even know how to tell if she has issues with her wings. I give her hot baths, physical therapy (moving her legs as if riding a bike), massage, etc. every day in hopes it will help. She holds her head up good, eyes bright... after all I've been through I can't give up on her! She gets small does of hypericum every day, vitamins etc. I just started her in a sling today to see if that would help, but what I really need is other ideas to try or inspiration from someone who can truly tell me their bird walked again after 3+ weeks of not walking! Or what exact problem do you think she has? Merek's, Kinky Back, ?