Whats that bump on the tail feather! they tend to clean it............

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by happyhens44, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    I reconized in the tail feathers, in the center, theres a little bump thing. And when they clean themselves they always run there beak across that. Do you know what that is! all my chickens have it. I know its not a not something unnatural.

    thank, do you know?
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    It is completely natural. It's a scent gland.
  3. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    A scent gland on the tail feather! weird... Thanks [​IMG]
  4. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Yup it's normal!Oil gland They wipe their beaks on it for the oil that it makes. They then preen their feathers spreading the oil from the gland onto the feathers.
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Oil, or preen gland; not a scent gland.
  6. happyhens44

    happyhens44 BroodyAddict

    Apr 25, 2010
    Northern WI
    wow thats really cool [​IMG]

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 22, 2009
    Alapaha, Ga
    Yep, oil gland, not a scent gland. They rub on it to help distribute the oil on their feathers.
  8. cottagegarden

    cottagegarden Eggistentialist

    Oct 2, 2008
    SE PA
    I have to smile bc this was a showmanship question for my 9 year old. He still came in first, but did not know the name of the gland is the Uropygial gland. Now he will never forget it.
  9. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    Just when you think you know pretty much about poultry, something so simple comes up. I had no idea. [​IMG] Learned something new today-and learned the correct name for it-although I don't know if I'll remember the name. lol
  10. JeffysMom

    JeffysMom New Egg

    Jan 3, 2014
    Thank god I found this. I thought it was a tick.[​IMG]

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