Ride em Cowboy

Todays project…chicken saddle.  Laugh factor…high.

The first time I heard the words poultry and saddle in the same sentence I thought it was a joke.  Here I was trolling Kijiji late at night again when I came across an ad for turkeys.  When I read through it said that the hen would need a saddle and I had no idea what that meant.  So I Googled it while I giggled a bit.  Sure enough it’s a real thing that lots of people use.

What do you use chicken and turkey saddles for?  you might well ask.  Sometimes a hen gets picked on by other hens or is very popular with the roosters and her back feathers get pulled out.This is just a way to help keep her back covered so the feathers can grow back and so her skin doesn’t get injured.

Unfortunately we have one hen who has a big bald spot on her back…and we’ve since named her Baldy because I usually do pick names that have some physical attribute attached to it…so I thought I’d make a saddle for her.  I’ve been putting it off because I thought once they got back outside and had something else to occupy themselves they’d leave her alone but she’s not getting any better yet and I feel really bad for her.

I was going to use some old jeans that don’t fit the kids anymore but when I checked through a box of old clothes and rags i came across the kids little training pants from years ago.  These might just work out and I won’t have to do much (if any) sewing, just some strategic cutting.

Now if you search online for chicken saddle you’ll see all kinds of pretty ones in all kinds of colors, but mine, not so pretty.  I am all about practicality today and if a few snips of something recycled works I’m all for that.  I just had to cut the green part off  and that was pretty much it.  And don’t laugh at my Photoshop hack job.  I was in a hurry.

blocked chicken saddle      IMG_4392

I’m an eyeballer when it comes to quick projects and I know from picking the birds up that their backs are about as wide as my hand…so I tried it on.


Looks kind of like a bad bandage but I’m not making it for looks after all.  All that’s left to do now is try it on her.

They are all making a racket out in the yard and it sounds like they are all laughing at her.




Its a work in progress but it works for now.  Maybe for the next one I’ll use the training pants with all the sports balls on it and we can start calling her Sporty Chick.  Click on the pictures to get a better view.

Have a great day everyone, and if you get a chance, check out your municipal bylaws about backyard poultry. Keeping chickens is awesome!