Been reading for awhile, just never had anything of use to contribute I guess LOL!
My SLW Alice was getting feather-picked on her shoulders as well as her back, being lowest in flock rank at the time. I don't think she had a single feather left on her poor, little back. I made her a saddle with shoulders ruffles and it covered her back as well, as you can see. When I put it on her, she tolerated it amazingly well. However, when she emerged from the coop pop hole wearing her fancy, new get-up, all the others fled from her in abject fright at the apparition.