We got our chicken saddles in the mail this past week! Each saddle is made from durable denim - it can be washed when it gets dirty. Each has the initials "RC" ~ for Razzberry Corner!
Saddles are put on hens when their backs are torn-up by "too-friendly" roosters. They are also called chicken aprons. The roosters aren't supposed to like hens who are wearing saddles. We have 3 hens who are worse than the others - Lucy, Singer and Chloe. Lucy and Singer both have lost some feathers on their lower backs. Chloe has lost feathers on her neck. At night time, when all the birds are roosting, I've noticed the other hens pick on Chloe's naked neck, so it's not only the roosters who are hurting the poor girl.
I've been putting antibiotic ointment on Chloe's naked neck at nighttime, it has made a dark stain on her head. Chloe's on the left in this picture, Singer's on the right.
When I went out to take pictures of the birds today, Lucy was preparing to lay an egg in a nest box. She always puts pine chips on her back when she sits. Minutes after I took this pic Lucy laid her egg.
Singer by my feet.
The chickens don't mind the chicken saddles in the least bit. I seriously thought they would go crazy when I first strapped them on, but they didn't even care. The straps go around each wing and snap to the saddle under the wing to hold it in place. We take the saddles off at nighttime and put them back on in the morning.