Ugly spot near tail feathers

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

  1. jjfab

    jjfab In the Brooder

    Apr 24, 2011
    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?
  2. pgpoultry

    pgpoultry Songster

    Oct 16, 2009
    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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