I need other members' help in figuring out what this could be, and then, what to do about it. A couple of days ago, we noticed that our WL, Bianca, seemed to be limping. Yesterday, my boyfriend pointed out that one foot looked oddly swollen, almost like a ball or something. Well, it just so happened that she got on the "wrong side" of the fence where they get to sorta-free-run; so I had to corner her and pick her up anyway, to put her back over the fence. But since she's our most skittish hen, I figured this was my only opportunity to check her out. Keeping her close, I turned her over so he could see her foot (and then enlisted my step-daughter to take a picture with her smartphone, which I had her email to me, so I could post it here). There seems to be a swollen ball, from which her toes extend, making her foot look almost like a sea-star. The problem that I think I found, is a dark spot, kind of in the middle. (Is it possible for a very light-weight hen to step on a nail or something?) While I held her, DB tried to tweeze it, and even sought to tease it out with the tip of an X-acto knife (no needle handy, as I'd use if I got a sliver). He gave up when he found he couldn't grab hold of anything, and Bianca started squirming more. So, any thoughts? Thanks in advance for any help given.