pustule(?) at base of tail

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by frankenchick, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my NH hens has a strange bump at the base of her tail. It is shaped like the "fingers" on one of those shower massagers with the long handle. I'd say it's about 1/8" tall. It's all red, except at the very end, where it's yellow like a pimple that's about to pop. Prissy has pulled out quite a few feathers around it. I squeezed it gently and nothing happened (I was going to put antibiotic ointment on it) and Prissy didn't seem to feel any pain. I finally just sprayed it with some Wound-Kote so the others wouldn't bother it. She is eating and behaving very normally.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You may be looking at the oil gland. That's how they preen, the spread oil from that gland through their feathers as "waterproofing".
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  4. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that's exactly what it looks like; it's also the same location.

    Is it okay if it's yellow at the top?

    Should I wash off the Wound-Kote from the gland? I have to leave it on the bare spot; the others will peck at it if I don't.
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I'd just leave the oil gland alone. If it is plugged up and swollen, a hot compress should help unclog it.
     

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