One of our 3 year old hens used to have some kind of a tumor on her leg for a long time (on the scaley part, above the toes) which didn't seem to bother her. One day I believe it popped open, but nothing was coming out of it and it looked very dry (and black). A week ago we noticed she was limping and some blood had seeped out, so we FINALLY took her home to try to treat. It seemed to me that we will soak her feet good, remove what can be removed of the growth and then disinfect real well and begin to apply an ointment to heal (there is a herbal ointment based on honey and propolis (from bees) which has ALWAYS worked miracles on all kinds of wounds, human or animal). When we got off the outside layer (which was HARD as a rock despite soaking), we got to more soft, cooked-egg-like, porous tissue (what could that be? maybe old puss?) with a nasty rotten smell. I didn't dare to clip off too much of it as when I cut, it would in some places begin to bleed. We proceeded with trying to remove all of that stuff (which formed a sort of a bump on one side just above the toes) getting down to raw live flesh, disinfecting (with iodine solution or with peroxide), putting on the ointment and bandaging it not to get dirt inside. Some days we would spray Betadine on the leg instead of bandaging. I was hoping that the wound would begin to heal from underneath, but it seems that the nasty porous tissue forms some kind of a film over the live places where I had taken it off. The soaking that she gets (for about 30-40 min sometimes) has made some areas of the scales on her leg soft and some peaces have come off, including one revealing live flesh on the other leg (!) now. (A small one but it bled today after soaking) I am beginning to seriously worry about it. She is eating well and the wound does not seem to bother her, she can use the leg but prefers not to stand on it, keeping it up. However I am now scared and wondering what ELSE can we do to treat it. We should have probably taken her to the vet's to begin with, but I guess I was afraid they'd say there's nothing they could do for such an old, scary looking wound, so I tried to repair it myself. (which HAD always worked before ) Any advice would be greatly appreciated. P.S. Looking at her legs, she may have had scaley mites at some point for sure, or even still has them.