Ugly spot near tail feathers

jjfab

In the Brooder
8 Years
Apr 24, 2011
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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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pgpoultry

Songster
10 Years
Oct 16, 2009
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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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