I noticed the base of my broody hens tail looked like dirt or dried blood so when I looked at it I noticed a white piece of skin sticking up almost looked like a tick. So I went and got my Tick nippers ......ughhh... (mad at myself) and tried to pull it off. She screamed and realizing it doesn't come off like a tick I came in to do some research. I found that chickens have an oil gland and I am wondering if this is what it is. In another post it was described as "You will find a pink nub that looks like a little nipple. That's the oil gland". Now they say "pink" but this is white. Can the oil gland be white? Should I leave it alone? Also, I wondered if it was an infected or ingrown feather since she was pecked and lost all her feathers on her lower back near the tail. I wish I had some pictures but I don't want to upset her anymore and she is sleeping with her babies. Thanks!