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Originally Posted by Zanna 

I have not made my own, but have bought saddles from two different sources.  They look just like this pattern and attach with elastic around the hens wings and snap back to the saddles.  They do work,  I leave them on my hens all of the time.  The first ones I bought were made out of a heavyweight jean type material with stitching around the edge so they will not fray (not hemmed). They stay in place super well and have been very durable.  The ones I bought just recently are made of a lighter cotton but two layers, so instead of hemming, they are joined together with the stitching on the inside to stop the fraying.  They are absolutely beautiful but tend to fold under slightly at the back and I straighten them out every evening when the girls are on the roost.  These ones also have the wing protectors, which I think need to be made of lighter weight material because you want them to flap up when the hens move their wings.  I have just the saddles on 8 hens and the saddles with the wing protectors on 8 more hens.  Two of the hens had been wearing the plain saddles for 6 months and when I switched to the ones with the wing protectors on, they walked around for two days like a rooster was on their backs.  I was worried their legs would cramp, it was quite funny to observe smile  Everyone is used to their new attire now.  My hens free range all daylight hours and I have not had a saddle fall off.  I love the polar fleece idea!


That sounds great.

Most of my hens have grown their feathers back after malting, but I'm especially worried about one who has no feathers on her back and the top of her wings.  Close and frequent inspection shows no pests or mites, &c. so I think it's just because she's Lucky's (the Rooster) favourite.

Do you have a rooster with your hens?  How do the chicken aprons stand up to his amorous advances?

post #12 of 166

I have two grown roosters in with my flock of 27 hens and several youngsters, just their favorites were getting the feathers worn off their backs and wings.  The denim saddles that have been on for over 6 months have nice embroidered emblems on them, the stitching is looking a little worn from the roos advances, but the actual saddle denim material still looks great.  All of the hens back feathers have grown back in.   I have not had the cotton ones with the wing protectors long enough yet, but after two weeks they are showing no wear.  I also sprayed them with scotch guard water repellent before putting them on as the girls don't seem to mind the rain and I was worried about them getting too heavy when they got wet.

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City girl turned Country girl!  Married to my wonderful hubby 23 years and Living The Dream!

 Delawares, Black Copper Marans, and GNH.

"Years from now you will be more dissappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bow lines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the tradewinds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover."  Mark Twain

 

 

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post #13 of 166
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I made the wing elastics, tried it on her then trimmed it shorter. Maybe 7"? They finished elastic is about 4 1/2" inches on either side.


Edited by nancypo - 12/19/10 at 3:23pm
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No roosters here, just 3 hens...

post #15 of 166

Does anyone else have photos of their chicken aprons?

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I bought "shawls" for my hens wink from different sources.  I have one gal who is very much the dominant rooster's favorite.  She wore it for months until it got caught in a rose bush and she got out of it.  I need to put it back on her....    Here's my Lacey showing off her new shawl.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41679_laceyshawlfitting5.jpg

Up high so EVERYbody can see her stylin'!
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41679_earlysept2010_031.jpg

It doesn't impede her movement or activity at all. Here she is dustbathing with Carl, the afore-mentioned Romeo.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/41679_p1000742.jpg

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-- Linda (AKA: gryeyes)
I refuse to fight a battle of wits with an unarmed person.

Buncha Outdoor PET chickens, ducks, 5 Toulouse geese, and 7 turkeys....so far. Plus 2 wiener dogs, 2 bunnies, a rescue cat which owns me and a new kitten. Oh, yeah: and a house silkie....

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post #17 of 166

Instructions like this were on "Packard Poultry"

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post #18 of 166

This is my Betsy in her "hen saver" with wing/shoulder protection as well.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/38460_img_4029.jpg

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Working hard in Canada with Bearded Silkies (White, Blue/Splash, Porcelain), B/B/S Ameraucanas,  and Black/Blue Copper Marans

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post #19 of 166

Great photos.  Thank you everyone. 

I made a prototype tonight.  Bald Hen didn't like me putting it on her, but I think that's because her wings are so sore.   I need to make the wing protection as well.  Anyone have a pattern for that?

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ey7Y_GsjtY0/TQ6snl9clUI/AAAAAAAAD3o/VI_cnW7Ojlg/s400/IMG_5366.JPG

post #20 of 166

I found a good tutorial at back to basic living

I wish I had thought of putting snaps on mine.  I just sewed the elastic to the fabric at both ends.  Now I know for next time.

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