What's with that back nipple?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jeffross1968, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    We have no other name to call it, LOL! It's that nipple like thing, just above the tail on it's back. They like to nibble on it...very strange...
     
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    oil gland for preening
     
  3. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
    Smoky Mountains
    Quote:Really? How does it work?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    They rub their beak on the oil gland picking up some of the oil and then groom their feathers. Thereby keeping themselves shiny and somewhat water repellent.
     

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