My Barred Rock "Ethel" ...has a bad back.
She is red and inflamed ...and the feathers just aren't coming in back there, like they need to be.
Doesn't help that George is constantly "On her Back"
So, I did some research and found lots of articles for Chicken Saddles. I thought they were more like an apron. But they go on her back, not her front... So saddle, it is!
Looked easy enough... and I got to play around with my *new 1961 model Husqvarna Viking sewing Machine...
Don't you just love that green color? I've done lots of little tweaks to it and have been familiarizing myself with it...I hope to do a post on it soon.
Anyway-- So far I've had TWO runs at making a Chicken Saddle. Well, One run, and then a DO-OVER... :)
The first time-- I had snaps on it, where the elastic meets the widest part of the saddle.
It was off of her in about 10 minutes!
Then I used a seam ripper and took the snaps off and sewed the elastic into the seam there, again at the widest part...
and I got it BACK on her.
She wasn't impressed with my sewing skills, my choice of cute- country- motif -cotton- fabric
Or having to wear it!
She let me pet her... and I re-assured her that it would help.
- It would help keep the sun off her back.
- It would help keep Jayne AND the others from picking at her.
- AND! It would help keep George from being so GRABBY!
He is ALL HANDS WHEN HE GETS AROUND HER...
She was liking it after that...
I went out to check on her at dusk and to lock up... it was on the floor of the chicken run.
I don't know if she took it off or if it came off while she and George were dancing.
Back to the sewing machine to make more modifications.
Any pointers from you chicken wranglers that have maybe used chicken saddles?
Do they come off pretty regularly?
Does it take some time for her to get used to it?
I'm thinking this one may be too big for Ethel...
She might need a SMALL.
Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. ~Psalm 37: 4