Hello all, I am new as a registered user but have perused the site often----It is a great help. I have searched the web and so far haven't found anything like this described: I have a hatch of nine chicks, about three weeks old. Two have a marble-sized fleshy hard growth on one toe each, a third has one on each foot. We thought they were accumulated mud but on closer inspection were horrified to see the masses were actually flesh. They chicks are otherwise healthy and happy, although these three are beginning to have troubles moving around. One hen has scaly leg mites, and I wonder if this might be related? Also our flock is accessed by local birds, mice, etc. as it is an open pen in the country. There will be no changing this condition I'm afraid. This is a disturbing development among an otherwise healthy flock. We have hatched a number of chicks (or rather the hens have!) and have never seen this problem. Any ideas? I assume it is a viral condition as there are three of them affected.