I had a chick hatch with what seemed to be a twisted foot. Thinking that maybe it would straighten out I did not cull it (as have for the few other deformed chicks I have hatched). Other than the foot the chick seemed to be ok so I figured I would let it have a shot. My sister who is a school teacher became attached to it so I did not want it to die and would hold it up and make sure it ate and drank several times a day for the first week. After that and despite definitely not thriving like the others it seemed to have adapted and has been able to get around and feed itself although it is painful to watch because it flops alot. Now though its bad leg stays extended all of the time (cant seem to bend it at all on its own) and it gets stepped on by the other chicks that are now twice its size even though they are the same age. I am not sure how to proceed from here... 1. First has anyone seen a chick with a leg like this and do you know what is wrong or if it is fixable? 2. Should I separate it from all the other chicks for safety? (I finally did tonight but it seems lonely but at least now it is not being stepped on.) 3. If I do separate it for a bit while it builds up more strength and then return it wont that make it worse for it because then it may not be accepted by the flock? 4. Should I try to find just one friend for it and just let those two live together or are chickens ok alone? 5. Should I attempt to ask a vet or get it fixed, (something I do not have the money for but would consider if it was an easy fix and not more than $200 Or is it going to get worse in time and should I cull it now (I don't want it to suffer and certainly wont be able to breed it). Isnt it cute I just think it has the sweetest face and really is a very friendly chicken. Here it is turned over, surprisingly it does not mind being held this way, to me it seems to me the whole hip is out of whack and the joints seem like they are almost fused. I can bend it a little bit and I try to do PT with it which seems to help a little, but lately it just sticks straight out.