As I unpacked our last hatchery delivery this season I discovered a fragile little body at the bottom of the pile who although seemingly near death, seemed genuinely pleased to see me and very responsive to the care I provided. I'm not sure which lineage this baby comes from yet, but it's a "game" variety, probably Shamo or Cubalaya. (My husband ordered these, he's very fond of Shamo's & Asils. The hatchery did not have enough Shamo's to fill his order so they filled it in with other game breeds) Anyway, after offering hydration, feed & heat, etc., I discovered the baby was crippled. It can only use one leg, and never places weight on the lame leg. It doesn't seem to be a broken leg and it doesn't look like "splayed leg." I don't know how IT feels, but I have become very attached & am determined to provide it with the best care that I can reasonably offer (OK, I would feel that way anyway. But, it's cheery disposition & toughness intensify my original instinct). So, after all that explaining, what could be wrong with this little thing? I know. I could take it to the vet for x-rays, but, I don't have that kind of money. It never puts any weight on the lame leg, it feeds itself and displays no other symptoms besides the lame leg. I've housed it with 2 other chicks for warmth & comfort & they get along fine. It even instigated a game of "catch the floating feather" and although I'm not completely privy to the rules, it seemed to be doing very well. I think it's a survivor, I just wondered if any one else had a similar experience and how things turned out for them.