where can I find a hen saddle to protect from rooster feet?

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Greetings! I have heard of little "jackets" or "saddles" you put on a hen's back to protect them from the rooster's toenails/spurs during mating. Does anyone know where I could purchase these? Thanks in advance!

-- jennifer legare (xaipe74@aol.com), April 13, 2002


if your that concerned, ,just file the spurs /nail down

-- Stan (sopal@net-pert.com), April 13, 2002.

I'm sorry, I know this is a legitimate concern but I just fell over my coffee table laughing. All I can think of is a new department in wallmart.The Henhouse lingerie dept. this week is featuring leather vests with matching high heels, whips and chains sold seprately. Have fun !

-- Joel Rosen (JoelnBecky@webtv.net), April 13, 2002.

I've heard of these. I have too many roosters and my hens have absolutely no feathers on their backs. Poor things.

-- Gailann Schrader (gtschrader@aol.com), April 14, 2002.

Joel I'm with you, it does sound funny!

Jennifer I actually had one of my beautiful blue cochen have her side ripped open by the roosters. I put her in a rabbit cage and she healed. I didn't know they made such a device but I bet you could make them pretty easily. When I was little I used to make little clothes for my pet duck. Little vests were one of the things I made, in the Jamimma Puddle Duck fashion. They were held on by ties at the breast.

Good luck!

-- Susan in MN (nanaboo@paulbunyan.net), April 14, 2002.

Jennifer, you should try posting this question on the poultry forum at www.poultryconnection.com There should be somebody there to help you find one or tell you how to make one. It's a great resource. Lots of really experienced and really nice poultry people. Good luck.

-- John in S. IN (jdoofus@hotmail.com), April 14, 2002.

Strombergs sells turkey saddles, but I can't remember if they have them for hens. Try www.strombergs.com also, www.murraymcmurray.com. Some roosters seem rougher than others.

-- Kathy (beckoningwinds@yahoo.com), April 14, 2002.

How about BBQ chicken .Get rid of some of the roosters sounds like a better idea.

-- Patty Gamble (fodfarms@hotmail.com), April 15, 2002.

Thinning the rooster population is the best advice. I think Jeffers (www.Jeffers.com) used to sell them.

-- Green (ratdogs10@yahoo.com), April 16, 2002.

They do make turkey saddles for the prevention of injury durring breeding but not for hens.your problem may be too many roosters or not enough pen space, be sure you have places for the hens to get away from the roosters also 1 rooster per 12 hens is a good ratio Good luck.

-- Dan Porter (dansark@Yahoo.com), January 01, 2003.

I tryed trimming the roosters spurs. I've gone down to two choices either Chicken Pie Or chopping the dam cockerals legs off. Which one the cockerals in solitary confinement at the moment

-- (cwb66@hotmail.com), February 26, 2003.

I saw something called a hen apron. it looks like a chefs apron I think it was on ebay or eggbay susan

-- susan schulte (weaver03@aol.com), March 14, 2003.

Nan at www.backyardchickens.com makes beautiful hen aprons for just such a dilema.

-- dumbcluck (galiant@fidnet.com), July 19, 2003.

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