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What is that "thing" on the chicken's tail??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lunachick, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    I've noticed when my chickens preen, they go to the top of their tailfeathers and preen or rub their faces on this little protrusion that sticks straight up and is only about 1/2 inch tall and rubbery looking !? What is that and why is it there? I've seen this on three of my chooks......tried looking it up.....no success. [​IMG] And why do they do this?
  2. blue fire

    blue fire Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Murfreesboro, TN
    It is an oil gland. they rub oil on their feathers to keep them clean and waterproof
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    It's an oil gland.
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Ditto. Source of oil!
  5. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Geez, I had no idea! Thank you for the replies......[​IMG]
  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009

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