Strange growth (with photo) - what IS this?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by austradork, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. austradork

    austradork In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2010
    Good morning, everyone,

    A few weeks ago I noticed that one of our australorps had a growth on her back about the size and shape of two pencil eraser heads stacked on top of each other. I thought it was strange but decided not to panic (which, as a new chicken keeper, was easier said than done!). But last weekend I noticed our other australorp had an identical growth in the same place. I thought "Darn! It must be some funky genetic thing." But yesterday I noticed that our Orpington had one on her back too! The growths look like they might be really, really ingrown feathers or something. In fact, two out of the three growths appear like they are trying to grow feathers through them (or, at least I see feathers that look as if they have been been snapped off at the base). The growths don't seem painful at all, although I do occasionally see the girls biting them. Has anyone seen anyone like this before? Do these growths need to be removed?

    Thanks in advance for any help!

  2. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Songster

    Feb 2, 2009
    North Carolina
    If it is above the tail, it is simply an oil gland.
  3. bigstack

    bigstack Songster

    Jan 4, 2010
    Texarkana, TX
    Sorry! Im too new myself! I wish I knew what to tell you. Hopefully some one will respond soon.

    Good Luck and God Bless!
  4. Looks just like the preen gland to me! The 'biting' is actually them transferring the oil onto their beaks in order to preen it over the rest of their feathers.

    Let's just check - is it on the saddle, where the back meets the tail feathers? If so, it's totally normal, and indeed totally necessary! [​IMG]
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Looks like the oil glad, but if that is not dirt clinging to the feathers around it, they might have mites...... and would need a dusting with seven dust etc....
  6. My girls' feathers all look like that around their preen glands - a bit dirty and oily.
  7. austradork

    austradork In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2010
    Yep! The "growths" are all right above the tail. They are definitely their oil glands. I feel so much better (and a little sheepish!). Thanks to everyone.
  8. chick momma10

    chick momma10 In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2010
    hattiesburg ,Mississippi
    oil gland no worries [​IMG]

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