Weird growth/bump on lower back of chicken

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Halli, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Halli

    Halli Out Of The Brooder

    53
    2
    41
    Feb 3, 2013
    Hello!
    My EE has a wierd growth or bump (ingrown feather???) on her back. It's probably "1-2" above her vent.


    Anyone know what it is???

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    Halli
     
  2. hotrodflash

    hotrodflash Chillin' With My Peeps

    441
    32
    117
    Oct 18, 2012
    East Texas
    It is her preen gland/oil gland.
     
  3. Halli

    Halli Out Of The Brooder

    53
    2
    41
    Feb 3, 2013
    I found it because she was pecking at it a little bit. Not a lot, just a little...
     
  4. Halli

    Halli Out Of The Brooder

    53
    2
    41
    Feb 3, 2013
    Oh! So completely normal?? I'm showing my newbie stripes then! Thanks!!!
     
  5. hotrodflash

    hotrodflash Chillin' With My Peeps

    441
    32
    117
    Oct 18, 2012
    East Texas
    They rub at it with their beaks to pick up oil so they can rub oil on their feathers. Hence why it is called the "preen" gland.
     
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2013
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    23,605
    1,314
    396
    Jul 24, 2013
    Yes, that is the oil or preen gland. It secretes an oily substance that birds wipe on their feathers during preening in order to clean and waterproof themselves. To get oil out of it, most birds dab at it with their beak, and some may even bite it. I believe that oil glands can get impacted/infected, but your hen's gland appears to be normal.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by