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A Chicken Saddle Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JayBird+16, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. JayBird+16

    JayBird+16 Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Fitzwilliam, NH
    OK, so I've got 10 girls and 2 Roo's and because of that ratio, all my girls wear saddles to protect their backs. My question is, do I, or should I take the saddles off at some point or can a hen spend her whole life in a saddle? Pros and cons please?

  2. lovemychix

    lovemychix Songster

    Oct 14, 2008
    Moulton Iowa
    I leave mine on until the feathers grow back in and then give it a break. Once I see damage I put it back on. I don't think it hurts them to have them on for long periods of time. Mine don't seem to mind them at all.
  3. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    What about during the rainy season? Seems like if they get soaked and stay wet, they could damage the feathers/skin underneath?

    eta: sorry, didn't mean to hijack, but I had the same questions, and thought I'd add a follow up question! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2009
  4. substandardtim

    substandardtim In the Brooder

    Jan 15, 2009
    maybe its just me, but I would at least change the saddles out for clean ones every so often. looking for any sores or rubs on the hen just to make sure shes doing ok. habit that comes from blanketing my horses.
  5. JayBird+16

    JayBird+16 Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    Fitzwilliam, NH
    I clean the saddles when they get dirty and then put them back on. I use to take them off, but decided it was just silly to go through all the trouble to grow back feathers just to let the roos pull them out again. I have never noticed any soars and the sadles are made out of canvas and don't tend to get wet. I just wanted to make sure nothing bad would happen if I left them on always.
  6. jwls4me

    jwls4me Hatching

    Oct 1, 2008
    anyone with pics of their chickens with their "clothes" on. My SIL is crafty and she made a saddle for one of my chicks but i have EE and the saddle pattern she used is for a big chicken. I will have to trim it down but not really sure how it should cover/ look.

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