Need some advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Betsie, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. Betsie

    Betsie New Egg

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    Hi one of my girls has a red area on her back and a funny nobly thing on there too. The others have this as well but hers is red. I have attached a picture. Can anyone help. Thanks Betsie
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  2. Breac

    Breac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No need to worry! That 'knobby thing' is the oil duct, and it's a normal part of chicken anatomy. Like all birds, chickens have a special gland near their tails that produces oil to keep their feathers in good condition. If you watch your chickens when they're grooming themselves, you might see them nibble or rub their heads on their oil duct. The fact that it seems redder than usual means it's probably irritated, likely from too much attention from the roosters. It might be a good idea to invest in a hen apron, or at least clip the toenails on the roosters.
     
  3. Betsie

    Betsie New Egg

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    :) Thanks Breac, I really appreciate the help.
    Have a lovely day Betsie:thumbsup
     

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