Hen Saddles...HELP!!!

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  1. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I need a custom saddle for my JG hen that also covers her breastbone. I am having zero luck finding anyone to make one. And Louise's Country Closet is not responding anymore to anyone that I know of. Does anyone know of anyone who can make a custom saddle???? I have tried LCC, Chicken Armor, My Pet Chicken.....?!
     
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    coach723 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    www.hensaver.com

    They have saddles, and something called a "crop bra/chest protector" which might be what you want.

    There is also a thread here on BYC with a free pattern for the saddle. search for Free chicken apron/saddle pattern. They aren't really hard to make, and you could customize it for your chicken. And they don't care how it looks!
    I make mine out of sunbrella fabric.
     
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    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Oh, Great! Thanks!!!!!
     
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    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I don't know if the chest protector would be bad for her though? There's nothing wrong with her crop, it empties at night, she just has this big bare patch on her chest. Something pressing on her crop when she doesn't need it might be a bad thing?
     
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    coach723 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have only ever used plain saddles and saddles with the attachment to protect their shoulders.
    I had to put a piece of elastic around the neck of one of my saddles as I had an escape artist hen. The elastic was loose, but tight enough to hide in her feathers so she wouldn't peck at it or get it stuck in her beak. It did not restrict her neck or throat at all.
    As long as it isn't TIGHT I would think it's ok. Snug enough to stay where you want it, but not restrict anything.
    You certainly don't want to strangle her or impact her digestion. Perhaps contact the maker of the ones above and see how they actually fit?
    I make my own saddles, and adjust back length and elastic lengths based on the breed and size of chicken. Once you know how they go together, it's pretty easy to customize them. And looks are not real important, just that it gets the job done. If you can't sew a perfect seam, no one in the coop will care! Hope that helps.
     
  6. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    haha. I flunked sewing in home ec. But I did call Hen Saver and they called me back! They recommended the bra for her, as it's light and non restrictive. They didn't recommend using the back saddle at the same time, because he said she probably wouldn't tolerateboth at the same time and it was also dangerous...too many straps. so I'll think about getting her the bra, Or maybe I'll just put her in hospital for a while til she grows out. It just takes so long. Anyway, Hensaver was very professional and I was impressed with them
     
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    coach723 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm glad they were helpful! Hope you are able to resolve her troubles. When mine wear saddles, it usually takes quite a while for the feathers to fill in enough to remove them again. I made my issue better by increasing my hen to rooster ratio. They tend to get a little less attention that way, and hold up better!
     
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    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    yes, we are always working on the hen to roo ratio. Actually right now it's better than it's ever been, but she must be a hottie. :D I think i will probably just put her in a pen by herself before winter sets in , so she can grow her feathers back, since it isn't possible to cover both sides at the same time.
     
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