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Oil gland info

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Debbiemade, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Debbiemade

    Debbiemade Hatching

    Jan 17, 2014
    Cheltenham, UK
    Hi, a couple of my birds seem to have lumps underneath their oil gland wick. One got very swollen and sadly died now two more have lumps just under their wick. Is this normal? Has anyone experienced anything like this?

    Hens are fed good quality pellets with greens and the odd bit of scratch and seem otherwise healthy.

    Thanks in advance

  2. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

    Apr 7, 2011
    Western NY
    My Coop
    Is there any way you can get photos for us?

    The preen or oil gland can become inflamed or blocked for a number of reasons, though this alone should not cause death. If there are tumors and growths on the skin, it can be a sign of a more serious problem. Marek's is one disease that can cause tumorous growths of the skin and follicles. Do you have access to any resources that can preform a necropsy for you if you lose another bird? Have you seen any other symptoms in the birds that have the growths?

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