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 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?