A few of the hens are showing too much tread damage from the roosters. In Damerow's/Storey's guide to raising chickens, she shows a pattern for protecting their saddles until the the feathers grow back. So, I'm sewing purple polar fleece onto a soft green chamois and will fit the five favorite hens tomorrow (roosters favorites, not necessarily mine). It looks snazzy. Has anyone had any luck with these? Any thoughts on water proofing the chamois or what ointments I should put on the exposed skin until the feathers reappear?