A week ago we picked up some sexlink pullets from a small local farm. Looks like a good operation. Got four that all seem healthy and have started laying. He also gave us a freebie that wasn't growing and he didn't know why. It's about a fourth the size of the rest. He said what they were getting from a breeder are all supposed to be sexlinks, but they had a couple like this that either have a problem or is maybe a bantam? So I figured one potential freeloader was okay, whatever the reason. And I have a three year old daughter so this was going to be her little chicken. Then I noticed this swollen lump on her hock. As far as I can tell, she's walking on it normally. It doesn't feel hot at all. She's eating and pooping. I've read about abcesses and I'm prepared to lance it if that's what it is. But aren't they generally hot or at least warm to the touch if it's infected? Almost seems more like a tumor or something, but I don't have any experience with that so I'm kind of guessing.