are Austrolorps naturally "thick ankled "gals?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by steveg144, May 1, 2011.

  1. steveg144

    steveg144 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 12, 2011
    Our hen Nigella (age unknown, she showed up before Christmas and adopted us) puts out an egg a day, without fail. This suggests she's not too elderly. However, the has THICK ankles, and in fact one of them is considerably thicker then the other. Much thicker than her coop-mate "Camilla" (the Leghorn). She seems perfectly normal and happy, so I don't think she has an obvious disease. Something to worry about?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    My BA's have thicker legs than some of my other hens. Leghorns as I recall have pretty thin legs. However, one leg shouldn't be thicker than the other. I would check to see if I feel any warmth in the thicker ankle, which might indicate some sort of inflammatory or infectious process. I would also check for leg mites (evidenced by slightly raised scales on the legs.) Maybe she has an old injury and it just didn't heal up completely normally.

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