What is that little nubbin?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wbruder17, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've noticed a little nubbin above my chickens tail feathers when they are preening themselves. They preen all around it and it seems they all have one. Is this a little prehistoric remnant of a tail?
     
  2. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it might be an oil gland. Not sure about chickens, but some birds have glands around their tails. You see them preen the tail then spread the oil to other feathers.
     
  3. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Yep. It's an oil gland.
     
  4. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Oil gland!
     

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