Saddles for hens torn by rooster- how long to leave them on?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by palomino98, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. palomino98

    palomino98 Just Hatched

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    My 9 month old Australorp rooster is not an aggressive boy but he is causing a lot of damage to his girls, two Australorps and now just one Orpington. I had a Buff Orp torn to the bone both sides a few weeks ago and had the vet put her down, now the cuckoo Orp is torn too, a V shaped tear about two inches long and 1/4 inch deep. I have brought her indoors, cleaned with Betadine and stitched it - not at all well - sprayed with Betadine aerosol powder, applied a light adherent dressing and wrapped the unhappy girl in Vetwrap bandage. I go away for a week on Friday and my daughter is happy to nurse her, but afraid she'll die while I'm away.

    She had been wearing a canvas saddle as she is the one they all peck, but it obviously wasn't big enough to protect her sides. I have today bought bigger leather saddles to put on the other girls. How long are they supposed to wear them? 24/7 for weeks or months, or should they be taken off regularly? I wonder if duct tape would protect them better from their magnificent man? They are in a 3 foot by 5 foot house at night and have free run of my 1/4 acre orchard by day, and are generally a pretty relaxed bunch.
     
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  2. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
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    Not sure of the answer to your questions but, I would love to know where you bought the leather saddles for you girls.
    Thanks
     
  3. palomino98

    palomino98 Just Hatched

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    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Those look great****[​IMG]
     
  5. Chef

    Chef Chicken Connoisseur

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    The roos will get a favorite and end up tearing her up. I leave my saddles on 24/7. They dont mind it a bit, and it surely saved their lifes! Good luck!


    Chef
     
  6. lesliet

    lesliet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The first saddle I put on my girl, she had a bare back, and she is just starting to get a little stubble and that was 2 months ago, So I am hoping in about a month from now she will have some feathers back there
     

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