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My bantam cochin is super sweet and I noticed that she is losing her tail feathers. I think it is the rooster getting at her. He just started breeding and I think he is a little slow. I picked her up to check for mites since it is starting to get warmer here we are starting our seasonal prevention. When I picked her up, no mites but there was this bulge ABOVE not below her vent. It was about the size of my thumb. There was a slit and it was oozing a little. I squeezed it and a hard white ball came out. Im not sure what it was/is. It didnt seem to hurt her. Does anyone have any idea of what it could be? 

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Do you have any pictures?

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Most likely it was a larva, probably fly if my memory serves me. There are some insect species that lay their eggs inside another animal. I have personally seen it in a field mouse and heard of it happening to a girl after a trip to Mexico. It was probably the real cause for the feather loss.
Usually the insect does not greatly harm the host animal and your bird is probably fine. But I would keep an eye on it and seperate your hen for a while. Because, without being there is could be completely mistaken and your other birds might peck at your hen, causing greater damage
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