One of the greatest joys as a chicken keeper is heading out to the coop to collect fresh eggs from the hens. There is nothing like it in the world to remove freshly laid, still warm beautiful eggs from the nesting boxes. Most times I bring with me an egg basket but since Fluffy Layers sent me this egg collecting apron, I have been hooked!
I was contacted a few months ago by chickenarmor.com. They wanted to share with me their website along with their products- chickens signs and aprons. As many of you know, last year I was excited to even discover that things such as chicken aprons were on the market to keep my Silkies safe while they were broody in the nesting boxes. After all, I credited the the design of the hen apron for saving Dolly’s life. Since, then I have been a big fan and advocate of hen apron (also known as saddles). They are fantastic to cover healing back wounds from feather pecking and over-amorous roosters. They also are terrific as preventatives too. I always place hen apron on my Silkies when we are scheduled to go out of town because they are always going broody.
|Predator eyes are affixed to the bases of the aprons.|
Traditional hen aprons are created from fabric, snaps and elastic bands. The ones offered from chickenarmor.com are different. They are no frills but all function and are incredibly cost effective for large flock owners. They are created from a puncture proof, weatherproof type of material that reminds me of oil cloth. They are absent of snaps and elastics and come in one piece. With a bit of finessing, they slip on over the wings. They are not as easy as the other saddles to put on the chickens but I easily caught on in no time at all. My favorite part of the hen aprons are the eyes that deter predators. Finally, another viable option that would work to deter birds of prey when flocks free-range. These aprons could easily be applied to flocks that are out during free-ranging and removed during times when they are locked safe in the coop. They are made in Colorado and come in two sizes, bantam or standard.
Chickenarmor.com also hand crafts many chicken signs. They are great fun and would add charm and whimsy to the side of your chicken coop or garden gate. They are 12″ x 18″ or 18″x24″, UV resistant and fully waterproof. Some can even can be customized to your liking.
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