https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=376304 See above for history, here's the brief: My chick hatched last week with a severely mal-positioned head. I did very little to assist the hatch, but I did have to help it out a bit. I call the chick Stevie Wonder. It still sways around like a drunk, and it's what, five days old now? And it only opens it's eyes for a moment or two at a time. It also seems to choke on it's food and water quite regularly - it was gasping for breath by the water dish this morning and it's done that several times now. I corrected the splay-legs at two days old, and the bandages came off last night - the splay legs aren't fully corrected but better. So... five days old, almost, and it's still not using it's eyes, the tea-cup trick isn't correcting it's equilibrium. I was considering pulling a broody from the flock to try and take care of it, but the thing is so fragile. Kind of cries when you touch it's neck. I don't know exactly what the problem is, but I'm torn! I don't mind having special needs birds in my flock, as long as they can survive ok... if it's trying to kill itself in it's food and water (ok I'm joking but that's effectively what it's doing!!!), and still can barely walk or see, am I doing the poor little bird a disservice by still trying? I'm still so new to these kind of complications. Really glad for the experience, but I just can't seem to make the decision on my own here. Axe is my method of choice if when I do cull. Anyonw had a chick in this bad of shape who actually made it through well? Making it worse is that it's alone, so it's pretty sad when I can't just sit with it, which believe me, I've been doing plenty of! Any thoughts appreciated!