I just read the post about Ruth amputating her bird's deformed leg, and had a question. Like her, I had a chick that was born with a deformed leg, and like her, tried everything to try to correct it. She is now 12 weeks old, and the leg sticks out behind her. This I think is a better scenario that Ruth's, because my bird can still at least use it for balance when she has her head down to eat/drink. I was going to cull her on many occasions, but she had such a survival instinct, I just couldn't do it. Alas, she is about half the size of the other birds. I have her in a separate pen, with just two others for company, so that she doesn't have to compete for food. The others don't pick on her, and there's LOTS of space to eat. In fact, I always have to throw some feed away, before I refill. Therefore, lack of access to food is NOT the reason for her being stunted. I'm assuming that there is something else wrong with her, and that she will never be productive, and will probably die young. Anyone else have experience with a "special needs" chick?