The Uropygial Gland Explained

Posted 10th April 2015 11:35am by

Have you ever wondered what that small bump is at the base of your hen’s tail? It’s perfectly normal. The uropygial gland more commonly known as the ‘oil gland’ plays an important role in helping your hen to keep her feathers waterproof and in good condition. As she preens herself she spreads a small amount of oil through the feathering.

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