Small and Backyard Flocks October 19, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

The hock is the joint between the drumstick and shank on a chicken and is the "ankle" joint of a bird.

Figure 1. Location of the hock on the leg of a chicken. Source: Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky.

Figure 2. Comparison of the hock joint of a chicken to the ankle joint of a human. Source: Public domain.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.