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What is that strange thing that looks like a nipple?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by joshplus10, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. joshplus10

    joshplus10 In the Brooder

    on my chickens' back near their tail?

    I don't see it on the chicken anatomy page.

    My sweet boyfriend tried to convince me that it's where the rooster deposits semen! I was almost ready to believe him until I checked my young roo and discovered a nipple on his back, too. Or is my roo really a big tough hen that crows? [​IMG]

    Don't birds just have one multipurpose oriface? I think I remember something from 10th grade biology called a cloaca...
  2. GranHabano

    GranHabano In the Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    Morristown, TN
    What you have are extremely rare Estonian Triple Nipple Chickens. They are worth a lot of money (if you happen to be in Estonia). Actually, I have no idea.
  3. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
  4. Momma_Cluck

    Momma_Cluck Songster

    Jun 11, 2008
    N. West Michigan
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    Can you show us a picture????
    If it is above the tail--- sounds like some odd growth---
    If under the tail-- a really odd vent????[​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2008
  5. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    If it's what I think, it's oil gland.
  6. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    Yep, was just about to post that - "oil gland".
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    It's their oil gland.
  8. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    Phew! I thought i knew chicken anatomy, and then this... [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. HennyPennies2007

    HennyPennies2007 Songster

    Jan 26, 2008
    This is hilarious. One of my RIR hens is molting and I saw this on her today and I thought...jeez...wonder if I should try to remove that!! I did that once with a cat I had. I got him declawed and after awhile he was limping and I looked at one of his toes and there was a white knot there. I thought abcess or imbedded kitty litter. So I sawed on it for awhile with my trusty exacto knife. All the while he is screaming like a banshee and DH is trying to hold him for me. Finally took him to the vet... tirns out it was a TOE BONE that had pushed out the end of the toe. The vet was just incredulous that I had been trying to "fix" it myself!! I was thinking no wonder he was hollering so loud and long.... OOOOWWWW! [​IMG]
  10. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Northern Maine
    Quote:Sounds like it's oil gland to me.

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