What is the bump on the base chickens tail?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mychookschick, May 16, 2011.

  1. mychookschick

    mychookschick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2009
    Maine
    Hey...

    I noticed a long time ago, that one of my chickens had something sticking out on the base of her tail. I didn't think much of it, because it didn't seem painful or anything, so I ignored it. Well, now, I noticed it on the rest of my chickens (I didn't check before so I wouldn't know if it had been there alll along), and on my 1 1/2- 3 1/2 week old babies that are still in the house. What is this bump? Is it normal? Or are they sick?

    This is probably a really dumb question, but thanks anyway!

    My Chooks Chick
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    That is an oil gland, and perfectly normal. I think it helps them with grooming......[​IMG]
     
  3. mychookschick

    mychookschick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2009
    Maine
    Oh, ok! Now I feel stupid!

    Thank you!
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Don't feel stupid! That just shows you're observant! Good question! [​IMG]
     

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