Small odd-looking protrusion on hen's back? Ingrown feather?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickLover98, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Today, I saw Poppy picking at her back and found a finger-like protrusion. It sticks up pretty far and is soft-ish to the touch. Is is an in grown feather? How to treat?

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    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Is it right above her tail on her back? If it is could it be her oil gland?
     
  3. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Quote:Thats exactly where it is! Its at the beginning of her tail. Is it something I have to treat?
     
  4. dkosh

    dkosh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may be an in-grown feather that may have infected. I would take a very sharp knife (scapel or exacto) and see if anything comes out. If something comes out I would squeeze it until nothing else comes out then I would put Triodine on it. She should be fine.
     
  5. BirdNut

    BirdNut Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Thats exactly where it is! Its at the beginning of her tail. Is it something I have to treat?

    No, an oil gland is natural and actually necessary, to keep feathers looking healthy. They rub their beaks on it and spread the oil around the feathers when they groom. There is no need to treat an oil gland.
     
  6. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Ok... So its either an oil gland or an ingrown infected feather...
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    If it's right above her tail it's her oil gland.....it's normal and and what she uses to groom herself.
     
  8. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Quote:Thats exactly where it is! Its at the beginning of her tail. Is it something I have to treat?

    No, an oil gland is natural and actually necessary, to keep feathers looking healthy. They rub their beaks on it and spread the oil around the feathers when they groom. There is no need to treat an oil gland.

    OK. I was just worried because I saw her pick at it, but maybe she was just spreading the oil around. So if I looked on my other chickens, I would see one on them, too?
     
  9. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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  10. BirdNut

    BirdNut Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:No, an oil gland is natural and actually necessary, to keep feathers looking healthy. They rub their beaks on it and spread the oil around the feathers when they groom. There is no need to treat an oil gland.

    OK. I was just worried because I saw her pick at it, but maybe she was just spreading the oil around. So if I looked on my other chickens, I would see one on them, too?

    Yup, all chickens have it. Other species have it, too.
     

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