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Tail Lump

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SuperMoose, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. SuperMoose

    SuperMoose New Egg

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    My two week old Anacona has an odd clump of feathers by his tail. The clump is a bit smaller than a dime, and is surrounded by a dark pink irritation. Is this a phase of normal molting or something worthy of greater concern?[​IMG]
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  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You are probably seeing her Preen Gland...it is a tiny finger like protrusion of skin just above the tail and yes, feathers grow out from the top of it in a tuft. This gland is used to oil the feathers and keep them in good condition. The bird will rub it's head and face over this gland and it excretes oil that they will spread over their feathers after rubbing on it. Nothing to worry about.

    Enjoy your new babies!

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock! :)
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Thanks 2 Crows now I learned something new.
     
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Super Moose, glad you joined the Backyard chickens flock
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Chillin' With My Peeps

    I actually just learned that about a year ago... Its scary if you don't know what it is!
     

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