I'm not sure where to put this thread, but here goes: Well, as you may surmise, I hatch chicks. A lot. Over the past two months I have hatched about 100 chicks. Today, I got a bit of a surprise. Well, apart from waking up this morning to find ten little chicks wandering around the incubator. One was stuck in the egg (I hatch in cartons, so this isn't uncommon, they've hatched but they just sit there rather than getting out and wandering about). With a little encouragement, the chick tipped itself out. It was the least fluffy, so this particular chick stayed in the 'fluffer-bator' for today - a very small, non-turning incubator which serves as something of a temporary brooder for the youngest chicks of a hatch, while they're still working out how to stand up, so they don't get picked on by big, fluffy chicks who are a day older. After a while, I noticed that the chick wasn't moving around as it should be and hadn't yet worked out how to stand up, and was unable to manoeuvre itself to the water. I picked it up, wondering what the problem was, and found it had only one leg. The chick seems otherwise perfectly healthy but I'm not sure it will stay that way as it can't stand and thus isn't able to eat or drink. The right leg is missing; from what I can tell, the hip and part of the femur is there. I don't think the chick realises it's missing a leg - you can see/feel the stump working when it tries to stand. I have another chick, six weeks old now, who also had a deformed right leg (I think the problem's in the hip - the hip sticks out at an odd angle and the knee won't bend, amongst other things). I didn't think that chick would last either, but it seems to be managing to get around the 'intensive care unit' and is certainly growing and healthy! Anyway, I know that these two chicks with strange right legs have the same father, and my mother suggested that they might have the same mother, too. I don't know anything about genetics, but could a bad genetic combination be the reason for the leg malformation? I do have some pics, but for some reason I can't upload pics at the moment. I hope and pray that the chick will somehow manage to survive and grow. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what might have caused this? And any ideas to help the chick? from Rachel.