Made a saddle today!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LilRalphieRoosmama, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    It was very easy and turned out great! Here's a pic:

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    And here's what happened when I put it on a hen in the coop:

    INTRUDER ALERT!!!

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    And IMMEDIATELY after I took it off (I think chickens have very short memory spans LOL):

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    So how do you make these things WORK????
     
  2. chickorama

    chickorama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Umm... i can't see the pics, so it's a little bit hard to tell you.
     
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    the second two are videos - are you able to click on them or doesn't it work?
     
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    That's video chief. LOL

    That's pretty funny! I'm not sure what to do about it though.
     
  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    They were absolutely going NUTS - flying everywhere trying to get away! I waited for a little while, hoping they would calm down. Even gave them some scratch to try to distract them but NOPE. As soon as I took it off, they were totally back to normal. Maybe if I made it buff orp color instead of blue?
     
  6. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The videos worked for me.

    Maybe you need to stick some feathers to it to camoflage it. [​IMG]
     
  7. Superior Chicks

    Superior Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Too funny![​IMG]

    I had 7 girls that all had to wear saddles. There were different reactions from all of them when "installed". Most settled down after a few minutes. But a couple took an hour or so before they "accepted" their new attire. Now they aren't even aware of the existance of the saddles on themselves.

    Saddles for me were an absolute lifesaver. We only had 1 Roo, appropriately named Randy, and he was ripping up all of them. Their feathers grow back underneath the saddles really fast too. Mine were Buff Orpingtons and SL Wyandottes. The SLW were the ones that fussed the most at first.

    Good luck. Give them a little time. They'll get used to it.

    Ma
     
  8. UP_Chicken_Lover

    UP_Chicken_Lover Out Of The Brooder

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    Saddles?? I am so lost here.... on chickens??
     
  9. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    They have elastic and fit under the wings and around the neck. It helps to save their back feathers from...um...overly zealous roosters who tend to wear their feathers away.
     
  10. Superior Chicks

    Superior Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sometimes, most times, the feathers aren't just worn away. They are ripped away by the claws of the rooster. This leaves bald and often times bloody raw skin on the back and shoulders of the hens. Not only unsightly, but very suseptible to further damage by infection, picking, etc.

    Not a good thing.

    Ma
     

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