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Making hen aprons from jeans?

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Not one local feed store has aprons for hens, they can order them and cost almost $20 a pc!  SO, someone gave me the idea of using some tough material or an old pair of jeans.  I do have an old pair I can cut up.  I thought about cutting the legs so it was easy I just do not know how to sew.  Has anyone made their own?  Would clasps or velcro be best?  I just want to get the right supplies today because my Roo is tearing up my girls' backs and wings.  Also, others that have aprons on their birds....how often do you wash them and will it create anything for mites or parasites?  I just need information really on hen aprons!  :)  Thank you!

My life is 2 lil' girls( Gabbi & Morgan), 3 dogs(Luci, Jacki, &Tyson), 2 fish(Harper & Sliver), 1 Easter Egger(Lady), 2 Golden Laced Wynadottes(Gilly & Belle), 2 Buff Orpingtons(Sugar & Blondie), 2 Leghorns(Turbo & Nitro, my husband's), 3 Red Stars(Peaches, Nilla, & Mash), & 2 Golden Links(Trebby & Baby, she is so small). And a husband(Brian)! & I am Sara, howdy!  

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My life is 2 lil' girls( Gabbi & Morgan), 3 dogs(Luci, Jacki, &Tyson), 2 fish(Harper & Sliver), 1 Easter Egger(Lady), 2 Golden Laced Wynadottes(Gilly & Belle), 2 Buff Orpingtons(Sugar & Blondie), 2 Leghorns(Turbo & Nitro, my husband's), 3 Red Stars(Peaches, Nilla, & Mash), & 2 Golden Links(Trebby & Baby, she is so small). And a husband(Brian)! & I am Sara, howdy!  

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post #2 of 11
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So, no one replied and I just did what I did on my own.  Here are a few pictures....I am by no means, a sewer, so all of this was iron on! :)  I took the legs of my old man's old jeans and cut a pattern of my own, ironed on the velcro closures and their names and numbers.  Yes I am that cheesy!  I had leftover from a project with my daughter's, why not?!?  My husband thought it was non-sense and that I should have devoted my time more to the laundry and dishes....I am more concerned with my hens' backs and new chicks I got today! jumpy.gif

 

Lucky number 7 Lady bird's home made saddle/apron...velcro for the "wing" protectorWith wing protectorthe two velcro closures for the pieces that go around the belly and hold the saddle on

My life is 2 lil' girls( Gabbi & Morgan), 3 dogs(Luci, Jacki, &Tyson), 2 fish(Harper & Sliver), 1 Easter Egger(Lady), 2 Golden Laced Wynadottes(Gilly & Belle), 2 Buff Orpingtons(Sugar & Blondie), 2 Leghorns(Turbo & Nitro, my husband's), 3 Red Stars(Peaches, Nilla, & Mash), & 2 Golden Links(Trebby & Baby, she is so small). And a husband(Brian)! & I am Sara, howdy!  

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My life is 2 lil' girls( Gabbi & Morgan), 3 dogs(Luci, Jacki, &Tyson), 2 fish(Harper & Sliver), 1 Easter Egger(Lady), 2 Golden Laced Wynadottes(Gilly & Belle), 2 Buff Orpingtons(Sugar & Blondie), 2 Leghorns(Turbo & Nitro, my husband's), 3 Red Stars(Peaches, Nilla, & Mash), & 2 Golden Links(Trebby & Baby, she is so small). And a husband(Brian)! & I am Sara, howdy!  

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post #3 of 11

neat idea.  I have a hen who lost a big patch on her back from a dog attack.  I'm worried about her getting sun burnt this summer, and was just wondering about this.

post #4 of 11

Here is a link to a how to for the aprons. I have not made any yet but sure am thinking of it soon.

http://backtobasicliving.com/blog/make-a-chicken-saddle/

 

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”  ~ Buddha

 

My coop building thread... http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/613051/my-new-breeding-pens-progress-pics

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“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”  ~ Buddha

 

My coop building thread... http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/613051/my-new-breeding-pens-progress-pics

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Thank you for the link, if my slapped together ones do not work I can get my mother in law to help me sew some with this helpful tip.  I have researched saddles and so many people are talking about how they are too busy to make anymore, at least this person was kind enough to leave instructions.  

My life is 2 lil' girls( Gabbi & Morgan), 3 dogs(Luci, Jacki, &Tyson), 2 fish(Harper & Sliver), 1 Easter Egger(Lady), 2 Golden Laced Wynadottes(Gilly & Belle), 2 Buff Orpingtons(Sugar & Blondie), 2 Leghorns(Turbo & Nitro, my husband's), 3 Red Stars(Peaches, Nilla, & Mash), & 2 Golden Links(Trebby & Baby, she is so small). And a husband(Brian)! & I am Sara, howdy!  

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My life is 2 lil' girls( Gabbi & Morgan), 3 dogs(Luci, Jacki, &Tyson), 2 fish(Harper & Sliver), 1 Easter Egger(Lady), 2 Golden Laced Wynadottes(Gilly & Belle), 2 Buff Orpingtons(Sugar & Blondie), 2 Leghorns(Turbo & Nitro, my husband's), 3 Red Stars(Peaches, Nilla, & Mash), & 2 Golden Links(Trebby & Baby, she is so small). And a husband(Brian)! & I am Sara, howdy!  

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post #6 of 11

Do they stay on?   Just curious because I think you have a great idea. 

post #7 of 11

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post #8 of 11

What an awesome idea...  Love this and I'm going to try this myself.   :)  Thanks for sharing....  :)

post #9 of 11

I just saw this thread and YES, I make them out of the leg of old jeans and I don't sew anything.  I just cut some "armholes" out for their wings and carefully slide them through.  Mine was trial and error with rough measurements.  When I got it how I wanted it, I used the best one as a pattern for the rest.  If you have some jeans with a little spandex in them, they work great.  This hen needed one so she could recover from an injury.  Here's a picture...

 

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I just saw this thread and YES, I make them out of the leg of old jeans and I don't sew anything.  I just cut some "armholes" out for their wings and carefully slide them through.  Mine was trial and error with rough measurements.  When I got it how I wanted it, I used the best one as a pattern for the rest.  If you have some jeans with a little spandex in them, they work great.  This hen needed one so she could recover from an injury.  Here's a picture...

 

2012-03-09 08.04.26.jpg

Oh that is interesting... just cut the wing holes out instead of attaching straps... Do you have a pic of one laid flat so we can see the shape?

 

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”  ~ Buddha

 

My coop building thread... http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/613051/my-new-breeding-pens-progress-pics

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“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”  ~ Buddha

 

My coop building thread... http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/613051/my-new-breeding-pens-progress-pics

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