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.
If you would like to ask Gaynor a hen health question please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hen Central on 01884 860084. To support our Advice Line we ask for a nominal donation to help fund this service, so that we can continue to help your hens.