I have been a fan of the small business, Louise’s Country Closet for many years. I first met Mandy and Brenda a few years ago when poor Dolly suffered a terrible pecking from the girls when she was broody. Immediately they came to Dolly’s rescue and sent me some of their saddles to sample. I was hooked and immediately added a few assorted sizes to my chicken first aid kit. Dolly made a full recovery and every now and then, I have to put the saddle back on her.
Once again, the generosity of this family run business, Louise’s Country Closet, has provided us with another wonderful giveaway. We are so lucky to have them as one of our sponsors! Louise’s Country Closet was founded based on a need. There needed to be a way to protect hens from aggressive roosters; enter their hen saddles. There needed to be a way to keep a chicken in the house,for those that desired, and not worry about them pooping on everything; enter their perfected chicken diaper. From there, the company grew to offer so much more! It’s not hard to see why they have been able to expand their successful business by offering rabbit, guinea pig and ferret harnesses, collars, clothing items, personalized items, key chains, homemade soap, crafty purses and so much more. The best part is that they currently are offering a 15% off discount on all orders to fans of Tilly’s Nest! Enter “Tilly” at the checkout.
Today’s giveaway is for one Crazy Chicken Lady t-shirt in the size of your choice. This t-shirt is fabulous for anyone who owns chickens, a loved one who keeps a flock or to be given as a gift.
Four entries can be earned for this giveaway.
1. Visit Louise’s Country Closet on Facebook and tell them Tilly sent you. (1 entry)
2. Become a follower of this blog, see options on the right side of this blog. (1 entry)
3. Visit Louise’s Country Closet’s website and tell me what you would put on your wish list. (1 entry) When you take a moment to visit their website, don’t forget to bookmark it. You never know when you might need them!
4. You must leave a comment here below this post with an email address to reach you (1 entry-required). If you have done any or all of the above, please mention it in your comment. Thank you.
Photo Credit: Louise’s Country Closet
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.