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Tab at the base of a chickens tail

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by millietime, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. millietime

    millietime Chirping

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    Ok I am not sure where to put this chicken anatomy question so I am putting it here. What is the tab at the base of a chickens tail? It almost looks like a big skin tab or pin feather coming up. All of my girls have this and I cannot for the life of me find what it is or what it's for?! Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  2. laircy

    laircy In the Brooder

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    It's an oil gland that they rub when they're preening their feathers. Some all-natural conditioner, I suppose.
     
  3. millietime

    millietime Chirping

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    Laircy- thank you so much for clarifying this for me!!!
     

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