Hi everyone, I am new to owning chickens and have lots of questions I live in QLD AU in the tropics so lots of humidity and heat. I rescued this chicken from a cat and raised it since it was a tiny chick. Love it to bits I also have a black Australop which is about the same age called Penny both about 5 months. I got her to keep Lucy the big one company, I did not realise that Lucy was going to get so big! 1) Is Lucy my chicken a female? 2) Are this type of breed prone to problems with legs or hips? Since about 2 weeks ago was very active in the yard scratching around and making the most of a large area. But now all it dose is sit down all the time I have wormed, lice'd, treated for scaly leg mite, and given plenty of vitamins. There is nothing wrong with its appetite and drinks normally, all poos are normal as well. Taken today 3/3/14 It appears to be something up in the hip or top of the leg no obvious injury but I am sure after going over it thoroughly a number of times and watching it walk that this is the problem. It is now confined to the pen with water and food with in easy access. It is not Marekes disease as it is not common here and it would be dead by now, it is something with the leg or hip. Will be visiting the vet tomorrow but wanted to get some opinions first.