Weird growth/bump on lower back of chicken

Halli

In the Brooder
6 Years
Feb 3, 2013
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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???






Halli
 

Halli

In the Brooder
6 Years
Feb 3, 2013
53
2
41
I found it because she was pecking at it a little bit. Not a lot, just a little...
 

Halli

In the Brooder
6 Years
Feb 3, 2013
53
2
41
Oh! So completely normal?? I'm showing my newbie stripes then! Thanks!!!
 

BantamLover21

Crowing
7 Years
Jul 24, 2013
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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.
 

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