Lethargic Red Chicken Unsure What This Is

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 4561 Carol, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. 4561 Carol

    4561 Carol New Egg

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    Does anyone know what this is? It is located between back feathers & tail feathers.
     
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  2. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Overrun With Chickens

    That is the preening gland. It produces oils that they clean their feathers with. It's totally normal, don't worry about it.
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  3. 4561 Carol

    4561 Carol New Egg

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    Thank you, are there more on that body then just that one? She currently had wry neck, which I am treating. She continues to deprecate her feathers & is exposing that part... do you have any idea why?
     
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Carol [​IMG] Welcome!

    I answered your question on your other post. That is the uropygial [preen or oil gland].

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  5. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Overrun With Chickens

    That is what she does when she preens. She rubs her beak on the gland, and then cleans off her feathers with it. They also preen to straiten the feathers, and to clean off dead skin and such. If you watch the flock durin gone of their "down times," when they all take a break from doing chicken stuff and just hang out together, you will notice that they all preen. They also like to preen on the roost at night before they go to sleep.
     
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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Great to have you aboard! Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :)
     
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    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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