Poor Rosie. She has a growth on her foot. My wonderful vet friend came over to have a look. We did a little mini ‘surgery,’ farm style, to see what was going on with her foot. We both assumed that there was something stuck in Rosie’s foot and that the site was infected. Upon investigation, though, it turned out not to be a large splinter, but a tumor. There is no way for us to know whether the tumor is benign or malignant. It does not seem to be bothering her much (definitely bothering her less than before, probably due to the fact that the vet took some of the tumor out). Rosie had to recover for a week in a separate cage, which we cleaned out every day to be sure the surgery site didn’t get infected. I changed her bandages every day. She is now happily grazing again and hanging out with her friend Gracious, our other chicken.
Having chickens is mostly pretty low key, but sometimes things come up, and chicken keepers need to ready to deal with situations as they occur.