I am making a sweater or two to have on hand. I am not sure if I will use them or not. I think they might be handy to have as part of the first aid kit. I am thinking in really cold weather, they might do more harm than good due to not being able to fluff feathers up. I would like to know if anyone has had good luck with them in cold climates where it can get 13 below like mine. Perhaps in spring and fall they could have more use.
I have a couple of hens being pecked at the base of the tail and the spots are getting slowly bigger. Where I live, we are supposed to get 8 below tonight. I have tried separating, and removing hens, upping protein, putting the icky blue stuff on, and nothing has worked. When I remove the offending hen, then another one will start pecking. So I will be bringing the pecked girls in to a cold porch and putting them in a large dog crate- just letting them out in the day if it is warm enough until it warms up here. Just try to keep them alive until spring comes. There are only two being targeted right now. Next I might try pine tar. I wonder if the sweaters might at least protect them from pecking when this goes on for a time. They might pull at the sweaters. I think my hens are bored in this long winter.
If I can get them to spring, then I can think of some longer term remedies. Me and the hens are in survival mode with all the storms here in Maine over the past weeks.
Regardless, the sweaters are fun to make.