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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by miguelandemily, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. miguelandemily

    miguelandemily New Egg

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    Hello, we are new members to this community and also new chicken owners. I have some questions if someone could please help us. I have one bantam and what I think are two smaller reds all three laying, and we recently just added two big reds. I was told that they are roughly 7 months old so my question is at what age do the roosters grow their tail feathers? Another question is what is that thing on there back towards their rear?
     
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    I think usually by 5 - 6 months old they have the rooster tail feathers, at least all the ones I've rasied have. And I'm not sure what your talking about when you say "that thing on there back towards their rear"
     
  3. miguelandemily

    miguelandemily New Egg

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    Sorry, I don't know how to describe what I am talking about. It is the size of a pimple and all the hens have it. They clean it from time to time as well. It is just above where their larger tail feathers start. I hope this is enough information. Thank you again. [​IMG]
     
  4. leslierf

    leslierf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome from Arizona! I do not know about "chicken pimples", but I am sure that someone here has an answer for you.[​IMG]
     
  5. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bump is an oil gland they use to preen their feathers. and [​IMG]
     
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  7. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC, glad you decided to join us. Good luck with your birds.
     
  8. jcf3202

    jcf3202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from Pennsylvania!
     
  9. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that "Thing" is an oil gland. All birds have it. They use the oil when they preen their feathers and keep them relatively water proof.

    Hope that helps
    Caroline
     
  10. grampies57

    grampies57 Out Of The Brooder

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    welcome aboard
     

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