What is it?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cbrokaw, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. cbrokaw

    cbrokaw New Egg

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    I adopted 7 chickens and a rooster about 1 year ago. One of my chickens hatched a chick which we rescued and raised in the house (under proper temps etc.). The chick is now 2 months old and we don't know if it is a boy or a girl yet. We have notice that there is this "nub" on on it's back at the base of the spine right where the tail feathers begin. The chicken/rooster will fiddle with it with its' beak and rub its' head over it while it is preening itself. What is this thing? [​IMG]
     
  2. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    I believe that is the preening gland
     
  3. cbrokaw

    cbrokaw New Egg

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    Thank you so much for the information. Like I said....I'm very new to all of this and am trying to learn everything I can about them to make sure the live a long and happy life.
     

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