I have come to a sad realization today. As some of you know, I have a 'hoppy Jr' -one of the Barred Rock chicks I hatched out 6 wks ago. At the beginning it was only one leg affected and she was hopping around on the other leg OK. It's apparent today that the other leg is now not working properly. She is no longer standing on the other leg and the toes are all floppy and curled up. She can still get around to the feed and water, but she's basically getting around by flapping her wings and scooting on her breastbone. I don't see a long term quality of life for her as the others continue to get larger and larger and she lags further behind. They also seem to make a point of stepping on her - I don't know why that is...they don't peck her, thankfully but go out of their way to walk OVER her instead of around her. Anyway, I have a few questions and need moral support here... I know this is a common question, BUT it seems to be 'different' somehow when it is ME facing this, plus I need some advice and support... First, is there anyone who feels like euthanizing her at this point is a hasty decision - is there any hope for improvement or something else I can do for her that I've missed? Secondly, if I have to euth her, what's the best method at this point? I will probably have to do this myself - my hubby won't help and I wouldn't ask the kids to help. I think she is too big for the scissors method - what's the most humane method that can be done by a novice person with no help? I'm a bit scared of the hatchet method -that I won't be able to hold her and get a clean cut at the same time -worst thing would be to 'miss' or just injure her and not get a clean kill. Suggestions?? Support?? Advice??? Anyone want to come hold her for me??