aprons on chickens

maurerwerks

Songster
10 Years
Jun 29, 2009
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My hens were looking a little shopworn on their backs from my rooster, Cyril's, amorous but inexperienced attentions. So I put aprons on them. How long can those aprons stay on? Should I take them off every once in a while? I'm just thinking that I know my bra straps itch and bind after just so long. I'd hate to think my poor chickaboos are having issues with apron straps. And a followup question - when will those feathers grow back in? Not til after moult?
 

ck-newbe

In the Brooder
9 Years
Dec 2, 2010
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Boone, NC
Good question! How long does a chicken apron have to stay on? Does it depend on the current temperature in which you live, and how extensive the damage is?
 

maurerwerks

Songster
10 Years
Jun 29, 2009
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Sunapee
I'm actually not so concerned about the temperature, but with sunburn and further damage. With the aprons on Cyril doesn't continue to hang on to feathers, but the apron instead, hence no further feather loss while wearing the aprons.
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
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My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
One of my well-loved hens wore hers for four months, 24/7, and her feathers grew back under it.

Dunno about "bra strap itchies" but once it was adjusted during her first garment sitting, she tootled along quite happily.
 

maurerwerks

Songster
10 Years
Jun 29, 2009
151
2
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Sunapee
thanks gryeyes - mine seem to be tootling quite well also, so maybe I just need to stop worrying
 

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