Ugly spot near tail feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jjfab, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. jjfab

    jjfab Out Of The Brooder

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    I have four Australops that are 5-6 weeks old. They are almost fully feathered. Two look great. The other two have ugly spots at the base of their tails. Pictures are below. At first I thought this was just the last area where feathers are growing in, but I'm becoming concerned that it could be a skin condition or that they are being pecked by the other birds (I do not see any signs of aggression when I'm looking at them). Any ideas?
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  2. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's the preening (oil) gland , where chickens take oil to keep their feathers in good condition. The feathers around it will grow in, but there will be a raised oil gland in the middle. Don't worry.
     

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