large protruding growth on chicken (ankle?)

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  1. DWeber

    DWeber New Member

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    C3511A7F-6C1B-4CDD-8138-5A7E03856517.jpeg 37968F0C-A3ED-4E6C-9C1C-AB030CEC950B.jpeg 66C8C6A4-6412-491D-94EA-3478E2AC6B07.jpeg Hi. My Rhode Island red has a large protruding growth on her... (ankle?) - please see pics & please please let me know if you have any ideas on what it is or what I can do to help my chicken
     
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  2. robin416

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    That looks like a spur. Is it hard like a nail is?
     
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  3. Poultry Judge

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    Yup, looks like a spur, which is okay and normal.
     
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  4. DWeber

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    thank you. It feels like the same texture as her feet.
    she's been laying eggs every day since she came to our house over a year ago & is still laying... how does that work? do some hens morph into roosters???
     
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  5. DWeber

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    thank you.
    she's been laying eggs every day since she came to our house over a year ago & is still laying... how does that work? do some hens morph into roosters???
     
  6. DWeber

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    thank you. It feels like the same texture as her feet.
    she's been laying eggs every day since she came to our house over a year ago & is still laying... how does that work? do some hens morph into roosters???
     
  7. DWeber

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    + it's only on one leg... no growth on the other leg
     
  8. robin416

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    It does happen that hens will grow sort of spurs. They don't get as large as a rooster's.

    I'm not sure anyone knows why it happens.
     
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    oh ok, cool - thank you : )
     
  10. Poultry Judge

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    And yes, under certain circumstances a hen can morph into a rooster.
     
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  11. Overmountain1

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    Do tell more.....
     
  12. Poultry Judge

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    I will try to keep this short. The hen does not one hundred percent change into a rooster, she cannot father chicks. The bird becomes phenotypically male, meaning that although the hen will develop physical characteristics that make her look male, she will remain genetically female but will no longer lay eggs. She takes on the flock role of the rooster as far as protecting the flock etcetera. This phenomena generally only happens when there is a flock of hens without a roo, and is still fairly rare to my understanding.
     
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  13. danathome

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    If possible, please post a side view of this bird. The head sure looks like a rooster!
     
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  14. dawg53

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    Very true. I had it happen with a Black Australorp hen that changed sex. It even attempted to crow, a sick crow. I culled it.
     
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  15. Poultry Judge

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    How old? and what was your rooster/hen ratio?
     
  16. Poultry Judge

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    Yes, what Dan said, it is of interest to figure out that comb. I'd like to compare it with the RIR rooster Standard. This is an interesting phenomenon when it happens.
     
  17. dawg53

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    Gosh, it was so long ago back when I lived in Georgia. I had about 25 birds back then including two roosters and they all free ranged.
    We had record high temps that summer, low 100's. Another Black Australorp up and died on me due to the heat. Both were about a year old. I've never owned Black Australorps again. They were hatchery chicks. The rest of the various breeds of birds in the batch did great. Perhaps poor genetics was the cause.
     
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    That is truly interesting, at least from a social perspective, imo! I assumed that was what was meant by changing, but hey- crabs can and do ACTUALLY change sex so I had to ask.

    And to follow up on it before Robin asks- - we are still figuring this part of changing sexes out in the crabbing world. It is really hard to keep track of who is who when they’re swapping shells, going under the sand, and changing their ‘look’ each time they molt. So, we know it happens. It has been proven using big pincer setae patterns to ID the crabs. (Those do not change; setae are the hairlike structures on their legs, they leave basically a bump on the shell always in same unique patterns, like a fingerprint kind of.) We just don’t know how often or what exact conditions prompt the change yet.
     
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  19. robin416

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    Can't help it, I'm naturally curious about a lot of things.
     
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    Girl, it is clear I am just the same! I just couldn’t resist.