Looking for thoughts and experiences with chicken diapers...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sara1226, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. sara1226

    sara1226 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, we have a 14 month old bantam RIR, who injured her hip 3-4 weeks ago and is losing weight. She is eating and drinking, and she gets around, but Im concerned our cold weather is just going to make it harder for her to maintain a good weight and heal properly. I thought about having her put to sleep (yes I know some people might be laughing at me because some chose to kill their chickens when any problems arise), but she is quite a character and she is still herself, other than her wobbly gimp. We are quite attached to her, especially my busband, because she was our first chicken, and we only have a small flock of 7, and they are pets, not for dinner.

    I know some people bring chickens inside and use a chicken diaper. I think bringing her in would be her best shot at recuperating, especially since our winters can be -20 degrees. (I hate it, but my husband refuses to move, lol).

    Can anyone please tell me a good site to order chicken diapers from and if chickens really wear them? Any thoughts and/or experiences anyone can share about diapers :D would be really appreciated!




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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    Glad to here she is still going, I think diaper are if you let them roam free in the house, I would just keep her in a pen and clean as necessary, though if you do take her in she will probably have to stay in all winter. I once had a standard RIR who got squashed by the dog, she hurt her hip as well, I made a sling to give her some hang time therapy. Nothing wrong with trying to help. Good luck.
     
  3. sara1226

    sara1226 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to let her walk around in the house at least a little so she isn't in a cage all the time. I'm just hesitant to spend money on chicken diapers if chickens don't wear them. Don't know the best place to order from either. Maybe someone else will chime in. I was keeping her steady at 2 pounds in the garage, put her back out in the cold and she lost more weight. But she can't stay in the garage either, it's heated, and there would be drastic temp changes when we pull in and out with vehicles. Not enough sunlight in there either.

    Interesting... Your sling idea. I wouldn't know how to do that. How long did that one take to recover?

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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    It was a couple of weeks, she always had a limp. Hope someone else comes in, maybe do a search of house chickens, I'm sure there's a forum somewhere.
     
  5. missmissi

    missmissi Out Of The Brooder

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    I had an injured hen in our house for a month, i love her, she is our special girl. Cleaning every few hours got tiresome, so i tried the diaper. I think its a great idea, but she hated it, and she was able to slip out of it pretty easy. I see lots of videos of chicks that dont mind them. I also see videos of ppl putting newborn diapers on rabbits - that didnt go over well at all either. Does anybody want a bunny? I have 12.
     
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  6. sara1226

    sara1226 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just thought I would update this thread with a little picture! [​IMG]

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  7. CharlotteRenee

    CharlotteRenee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does she like it? Does it work? were did you get it? we have a few chickens inside and we dont want to be mopping every 3 hours.....
     
  8. BuffOrps416

    BuffOrps416 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm also curious to know if the chickens like it. Tomorrow is supposed to be extremely cold so I was thinking of bringing my two BOs inside. They are both full grown and I don't want to buy a diaper if they're not going to like it/let me put it on them.

    Do fully grown hens mind all of a sudden being put in a diaper?
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    I know they will mind the sudden change in temperatures from you bringing them inside the house, I would leave them in the coop. Chickens can handle cold weather, they have a nice down filled coat on. Bringing them in is like you sitting inside with your thickest winter coat on. The will get too warm which is more stressful than cold.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Yes, they will mind.

    ......and as oldhenlikesdogs has already pointed out, the drastic change in temp will be really stressful.
     

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