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Growth on tail feather oil gland

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JavaRIRChick, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. JavaRIRChick

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    I picked 4 hens up today. They are my first laying birds. I got 2 RIR that are 4 months old and 2 Javas that are 3 months old. The Javas are a third the size of the RIR. Is this normal?

    When i got home i saw that one of the Javas were missing a lot of feathers and has (what looks like) a growth around her oil gland. What can I do?

    All input welcome
    Thanks in advance

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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  3. JavaRIRChick

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    Thank you! Here is a closer look at it. There are several feather pores involved. Do i just try to pluck them all?

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  4. Hens rule

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    I agree. It sort of looks like it's alittle plugged up with preen oil
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    That's not an ingrown feather, but an infected preen gland. Try some warm compresses, and then I would lance it with a sterilized needle, then squeeze out any pus that is there. Apply some antibiotic ointment or Vetericyn on it afterwards. I'm glad that you showed a closer picture. It looked like a feather, and I thought the preen gland with higher up on the back. Let us know how it goes.
     
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