Today I noticed one of my hens, Suzy, had a rather odd-looking foot. Upon closer inspection, it looks like this: Obviously this isn't good. She doesn't seem to be having any trouble walking and to be honest I would have missed it if she hadn't been quite close to me (I dread to think how long I've already been missing it). It doesn't seem to be affecting her much. But it looks quite horrible - the toes look like the bones are being pushed out of how they should be or something equally ghastly - and must be painful even if she doesn't seem to be reacting to it at all unless we poke at it. The lump is reasonably firm - that is, it isn't rock-hard, but it isn't soft and wobbly like it were puss-filled, either. In fact, it feels much like the bottom of a chook's foot normally does. I've separated her from the others and put her in 'ICU' - that is, an old rabbit cage up on the back verandah. I have no idea what to do with this - I've never encountered this sort of a problem before. We think something's gotten imbedded in her foot (see the little darker speck in the middle of the lump) but couldn't get it out with tweezers. Any ideas for how to treat this? from Rachel (and Suzy).