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What gland is located on the back of a chicken at the base of the tail?

JerryHicks says 2016-04-06 06:27:09 (CST)

The oil gland.

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KM says 2016-04-06 09:36:01 (CST)

This I did not know. Thanks for posting.

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NoraWI says 2016-04-06 11:03:30 (CST)

Is that oil gland what deposits the sealer on the eggs that preserves them for so long if you don't wash them?

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JerryHicks says 2016-04-07 06:10:35 (CST)

The oil gland at the base of the tail of most birds, is also called a preen gland. It has several purposes, though it is not completely understood. It is mainly believed to produce a waxy oil that is spread over the body, leg scales and feathers. It helps to maintain the structural integrity of the feathers as well to help to water proof them. It is believed to offer some parasite resistance and may contain certain pheromones at various periods of time, though this has not been proven.

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