Hey all. I can't tell what this is. This is one of my first hens, and her name is Chick-Choo. We noticed bleeding in the coop a couple weeks ago, and could not figure out what it was from. None of the chickens were acting "funny" and it only appeared one day. Today, I noticed more bleeding, and saw what appeared to be chicken poop stuck to my Bard Rock hen's foot feathers. I saw what appeared to be bleeding on the bottom of her foot, so my wife and I took her in to wash off her foot and see if this was an infection. What I have discovered is INCREDIBLY confusing. The... what can only be described as a growth, is hard and bony. It appears to extend up her leg about an inch, and seems to be attached. She gets agitated when I attempt to move it. I soaked her leg in water for about half an hour to see if I could wash off what I had assumed was poop, but almost nothing actually came off her leg. There was blood coming out from around where the growth meets her foot. Notice how some of her feathers appear to be growing backward out of the growth. That's what stopped me from cutting away what I thought was poop with a pair of scissors. I feel really bad for her Here's a pic from the top: http://chickenbarrel.org/images/top_foot.jpg here's a pic from the bottom: http://chickenbarrel.org/images/bottom_foot.jpg Is this the end for her? Should I give her some antibiotics? Like I said, she *seems* ok, but there's really no telling.