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Ingrown tail feather on 2 wk old help?

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Hi there! I am fairly new with chickens, second round with babies. One of my 2 week olds has an ingrown tail feather that is red, inflamed and tender. Any suggestions? The dark red spot in the centre looks like the tip of a large sheath coming through, but no feather emerging.
Edited by caralynn99 - 5/10/16 at 10:22am
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That's the preening gland, and it looks like it somehow got injured.

post #3 of 5
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I see! Should I just be cleaning it daily and see how it goes? There is quite a lump that is around it. Would polysporin be safe to put it also?
Edited by caralynn99 - 5/10/16 at 10:28am
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As long as it's the kind without pain-reliever, polysporin is safe to use. Chicks heal up remarkable fast.

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Ok thank you! 😊
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