As many of you might remember, during one of Dolly’s numerous times being broody this past Spring, she was bullied by the other hens higher up in the pecking order. Bullied to get out of the nesting box, bullied to share the eggs she sat upon and just plain jealously from the others ended Dolly with a bloody bare back picked clean of feathers. It happened within a matter of a couple of hours.
Early that morning she was fine and when I returned with late morning treats I discovered her in one of the nesting boxes badly injured. It was at this point that I realized I need to keep her protected during her broody periods, especially because she seems to always be broody. I started searching as to what I could do-enter Louise’s Country Closet. They immediately sent one out to me in Dolly’s size and I immediately put it on her. Her back was covered, safe from harm. Over the next few weeks, the scab healed and new little quills, pin feathers, began to emerge. She wore the hen saddle for months. Finally, the feathers returned to normal and I was able to remove the saddle. She has been saddle free for 2 months now.
Advantages to using Hen Saddles
1. Cost effective. You don’t need to have a hospital for your chicken to recover.
2. Speeds up recovery. Out of sight, out of mind. The chickens stop picking.
3. Keeps your girls comfortable with overzealous roosters.
4. Ensures that your hen keeps her place in the pecking order.
5. Helps decrease your anxiety about your poor hen’s injuries.
6. Keeps them warm during the Winter months when their backs are bare.
Tips for using Hen Saddles
Having used the saddles now for almost six months I thought I’d share some words of advice from our personal experiences.
1. Check daily for proper placement. Be sure that the affected area is still covered and the straps are lying flat and untwisted.
2. Be sure to check weekly for mites and lice hiding under the saddle. With a saddle on, these insects are protected during dust bathing. A gentle weekly dusting under the saddle with food grade DE should keep those little buggers in check.
3. Launder the hen saddle once a week.
4. Measure your hens before you order to ensure a proper fit.
5. Order an extra one for your henny girl to wear when the other is in the laundry.
6. Order one in each size of your hens for your first aid kits.
7. Do not be tempted to remove your saddle too early. New beautiful feathers still wrapped in their quills are very tempting for other chickens to peck at. Better to leave the saddle on until the new feathers completely match the existing ones.
8. In days with extreme heat, consider removing the hen saddle during the hottest times of the day if you notice your hens panting and/or showing signs of overheating. You might need to separate your hen from the bunch when you do this.
Hen saddles come in a variety of sizes and patterns. You will have your choice of one in any combination that you choose. Want help choosing and getting a perfect fit? Click here. So hard to choose, there are over four pages of keychains. My favorite is the crazy chicken lady! Customizable, durable and lightweight, I’ve had mine for months now and it still looks brand new.
Visit Louise’s Country Closet and pick a favorite item. Come back here and leave a comment with your name, email address and tell me about that item! One more thing, an added bonus! If you can’t wait until the giveaway winner is drawn, take advantage of 15% off your order. Just enter Tilly at the check-out.
21 thoughts on “Giveaway Duo: Hen Saddle and Keychain”
Well I just think the dotted chicken kitchen towel is adorable. Hope your girl is doing better.
I find myself on the Louise's Country Closet page quite often, actually! I am in love with all of the different adorable patterns and designs that they offer in their diapers. I have one of the sweetest hens in the world that is like a pup, and would love to eventually get a diaper so she can come in and visit my sewing room while I am working.
Thank you for always providing us with such fun blog posts!
I absolutely love everything!!! I need several saddles and a replacement for my homemade diaper that didnt hold up that well!!!
Thanks for the chance and for introducing me to a great company!
I love the Argyle Hearts chicken diaper! -Chel firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise has so many cute things over there! The Goat Milk Soap sounds heavenly (lemon scent would be nice addition). But I think my favorite item is the Crazy Chicken Lady T-Shirts!!! I wear T-shirts every day – they are just comfy, and I am certainly a crazy chicken lady!!
I love the Rooster soap! I like it so much I had to order one 🙂 I would love a chicken saddle. I just got 4 girls in April and never thought about needing them for injuries. We don't have a rooster so at first thought I wouldn't need saddles.
I have several girls with sunburned, naked backs. Haven't figured out if they are molting or just bored. Poor things! My favorite Louise's product was the saddle made with the sunflower on purple fabric. I also liked the t-shirts!
One of my girls has a pretty bare back and I've been thinking of getting a saddle for her. My favorite item is the saddle with the bee print – so cute!
I really like the Butterfly Shaped Saddle in the Sunflower print. My oldest hen, Deidre has gotten a little roughed up by the rooster & her wing feathers are getting ruffled!
I always enjoy your blogs.
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Hi! I never knew about Louise's Country Closet…thanks for introducing it to me. I like the hen saddle with the mixed chickens print. It would be sooo cute on my girls and protect them from my rooster McBeth (thought I was getting a hen and named her Beth, but ended up with a rooster, hence McBeth!) My favorite key chain is Cracked Up.
I have never had any thing like this so I woudn't know, but if I had to choose I would get a Hen Saddles, with the fabric being the Blue Hen & Rooster! I think it would look good on my chickens!
I'd have to say my favorite saddle is the blue hen & rooster one… bright & cheerful!
I got the biggest kick out of the t shirt "I have OCD Obsessive Chicken Disorder" Sounds like me! I also will be needing chicken saddles 🙂 so happy to have found this blog and Id love to connect with other bloggers raising chickens so email me and send me a link! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org My blog is http://www.friedgreentomatoes-andsweet-tea.com
So sweet to be able to help her in that way! I love chickens and maybe will have some of my own someday…
I love the saddles, especially the pink floral. I've been exposed to some great products on your blog. Thank you!
I just love the mixed paisley print. This saddle is the cutest. Felicia Johnson
Excellent post. I am in love with the bee saddle… since I keep bees as well as chickens! I'm at mel at ccchfa.org. Thanks for the great giveaways!
I think I'd like any of the saddles. I think they are all beautiful! Gina Brown email@example.com
I love the sunflowers on purple saddle, that would be my first choice. Then the bee and the orange web…Hah ha I love them all. Thank you for sharing such fun products. I always enjoy reading your blog 😀 Pam – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for all of your comments and entries! I have really enjoyed reading them. This giveaway is now closed.
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