Hello everyone, So I've noticed this protrusion in my white silkie hen for about 2-3 weeks now. Do ticks remain that long? I pulled on it pretty hard and it didn't come out. I even put a lighter to it a couple times. Could it just be a weird hair follicle? It's all black and nasty looking around it. She has been broody for about a month now, so maybe she's not cleaning herself well. Any ideas?