What is that thing on my chicks' rump?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gypsymoonfarm, May 1, 2011.

  1. gypsymoonfarm

    gypsymoonfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I was playing with my chicks a minute ago and I notice directly above each one's tail is a growth. It does not contain a feather. It looks like there should be a pin feather growing out of it. All three of my new porcelain d'uccle chicks have it. It is only noticeable on one chick, I had to look at the rest of their behinds closely to see it.
     
  2. Tres Amigas

    Tres Amigas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no avian vet (although I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night), I believe chickens have an oil gland right in that area. They get oil from it on their beak and then preen their feathers with it.
    Oh, and [​IMG]
     
  3. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its the oil gland.

    I remember a couple years ago I was handling a chick and noticed it. I thought it was some

    weird growth. [​IMG]

    ScissorChick
     
  4. gypsymoonfarm

    gypsymoonfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I've seen my older chickens pick that area often but I've never inspected what they were picking at. It makes sense now. [​IMG]
     

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