Went out to talk to the flock about 2 hours ago and noticed what I can only describe as a blood bath/murder scene! Immediately panicked (like I do!) and tracked down the source of the blood......my beloved gold laced Orpington Ron. I immediately scooped him up (thank goodness he's so tame) brought him in and began the clean up. Initially I thought it was a cut foot, then I noticed blood higher up his leg and that's where I found it. This growth is about the size of a apricot stone, but round. It's all nobly and as you can see its bleeding and opened up. Now I check my chooks top to toe weekly and it definitely wasn't there last week!
Our vets option is to euthanise him (I phoned and sent a copy of t he photo). I'm obviously not in favour of this as he's my breeding chap (and so very good with his ladies and me).
Are there any other options? What are the chances of it going or getting worse........Please help an upset and worried owner(or mum!).