OK, here is the rundown on dear Helios *Edited to add: The wing is paralyzed; after looking at some chicken anatomy pics and really moving the joint, it seems to be identical to the other one. * He is an 11 month old BO Roo His right wing is dangling in front of him and he is completely unable to move it. He dislikes having his feathers ruffled intensely and he cannot readjust himself--not normal behavior. Normally he will growl, shake himself vigorously and meticulously arrange each of his magnificent wing feathers individually. He is still eating and foraging, not quite as much as normal but he is not sitting in the corner depressed. He is shivering intermittently; it is very cold here and so it could be stress or cold. I just discovered this today; last night he was fine. He lives in a shed with a huge yard that they can all go in and out of at will (all surrounded by electric net fencing with a cattle charger on it--there is no way a dog or predator got in and injured him) The 33 other chickens are fine. They do not fight since the only other Roo is Helios' brother and they have always lived together. The wing *may* be dislocated but I am not sure enough of myself to go pulling on it without some direction from someone who has done it Poop is fine. The fly in the ointment here is that he is part of a batch of "Show Quality" orpingtons that I bought for my son as 4 week olds. There were 9, 3 are left--Helios, his brother Rex and Pudding, their sister. The others died of Mareks (nice gift for my kid, huh? The other guys flock was supposed to be clean. ) Anyway, the others started dying at about 12 weeks, about 1 every 6 weeks after that. Had 3 necropsies done by the state lab and they confirmed it; the last one they sent to NC State for a complete workup. The vet said it must be a very low virulance strain and the deaths should stop after a few months. Only the Orpingtons came down with it. He is not staggering, eyes look fine so it just doesn't look like the other Marek's cases we had. This Rooster is everyone's favorite--he loves laps and naps and I REALLY don't want to cull him unless it is completely necessary since I have had to cull all of the other "gifts". That said, my son is 14 and does not want him to suffer. Has anyone bound a wing up to let it heal? Will they form a false joint if we do that? He could go live in the horse barn until he was all better. *Edited to add: would you bind up a paralyzed wing? He is in the hospital cage now, and is not happy about it since his brother is crowing about his newfound monopoly on the hens.* Thanks in advance for any help you can give; sorry for the novel.