spot on rooster

chickener

In the Brooder
10 Years
Nov 26, 2009
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there is a spot about 2 cm high on my rir rooster locted just below the tail
anybody have any idea of what it could be?



 

Rafa

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jan 22, 2010
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Nottingham, England
I'm so pleased you have put this post on as I have been searching this site for the same answer! My year old hen has also got one in the same place and keeps pecking at it. She has been sat on the nest for 26 days so I presumed it was something to do with being broody, but obviously not. Hope someone can answer us both please
 

Tanichca

Sparkle Magnet
10 Years
May 6, 2009
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Vail, Arizona
Its probably the oil gland. the bird will peck it to spread oil over her beak and then to her feathers. hope this helps!
 

chickener

In the Brooder
10 Years
Nov 26, 2009
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Tanichca thanks for the reply
checked the other hens and couldnt see this spot on any of them, could it be only roosters and broodys get them?
 

chickenlady08

Songster
10 Years
Jul 27, 2009
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Eastern Shore, VA
My Red Stars have these spots also. I also think that most of my other ones have it also. I freaked out the first time I saw it on a girl, then I saw it on most of the girls so then I was not as worried when I saw it on more than one. To be honest I am not sure if my 2 boys have them or not. Can't pick up and hold them like my girls.
 

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