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Need pattern for chicken saddle and/or coats

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

I need a pattern or how to on making chickens a warm saddle or jacket. A customer actually wants these for her store but I have no idea what to call these things or where to even search for a pattern. Any help appreciated thanks.

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

First , you steal a chicken......... Sorry, this struck me as so funny! All kinds of questions popped into my mind. Just who or what is going to ride a chicken? How big is said chicken? Will there be a yearly Chicken Race?
OK. I have calmed down now so I am going to search Google and see what I can find on the subject. You never know.......

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Well, I learn something new every day. Google 'chicken saddle how to' and it shows you how to measure for the size and how to put one on a chicken, but not how to make one. I'm sure bit more searching will come up with directions. I'm off to look.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

lol, I know this is a little bizarre to me too, but apparently they wear these coat things/saddles in the winter? I don't know. I have googled my mind off and I see tons of pictures in fancy gear, hee hee, but no directions. Was hoping someone with a farm or something would know about these things and where to find a pattern.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

Well, I am a chicken saddle professional now, lol... I found a pattern, decided how I was going to change it up to my typical sassee way and then I researched prices, etc, and think I came up with a good price range. It took me forever to find a pattern but I did, not exactly happy with it, but I will tweak it up, its a starting point.

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

Bev, please post a picture........like Gloria, I was totally amused.

Well, I must confess to a bit of fun at this household. My daughter has just learned to crochet, has mastered a flower pattern so far. My sister happened to be talking to her the other day and mentioned that her cat was getting so fat she need a bra. Well DD has started working on some black flowers which she will attach a string to .....a lacy black bra for Christmas. Yes, the entire family happens to be nuts...but we do have fun. We have all reached the age that we don't really want much for presents so mostly goofy, clever things like this appear frequently.

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

That's hilarious! She may be able to turn that into a sideline business!
Micahs dog, Sweetpea, could use it, she actually 'lactates' a couple times a year. I told Kristen that she was having sympathy pains with mommy before the baby came. LOL

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

LOL, oh Kathy I don't really think there is much of a market for black lacy kitty bras.....good thought, I will tell Kim.
She is just having fun with something new she has learned to do. This is called "winding down from 2 1/2 years working toward her Specialist degree" release. It is so good to have the fun Kim back!!!!

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

If it doesn't have underwires I'd be interested in one. I wear about a C (cat size). Sometimes a bobcat size works.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

lol, you guys are funny but you know what else I found out? They need, and no laughing on the floor peeps, bunny & duck diapers. Apparently I am opening a whole new door in my at home business. I can envision me sitting at 4H clubs around the globe selling bunny & duck diapers and chicken saddles, roflmao...

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

Thankfully I'm not yet needing the diapers. We used to have bunnies and ducks. If you can create wipes to go along with the diapers you will have an industry.

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

Sorry Bev, but I did have to laugh....but it was good to laugh. What we do learn from each other.

Laurel I will relay your message to Kim (daughter). She likes nothing better than to do some "goof" ball thing for her aunt (actually calls her Anut) to try to get even for the thing she does to Kim. Some very interesting things have been traded over the years. All in good fun of course.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

I actually sat there and cracked up when she asked me but now on Facebook she announced through her business wall that I am creating these wonderful coats/capes for chickens and she has started an order list!? Eeekkk.... no pressure on my end. I have to finish up a quilt for England, 78 wreaths for the church families for Christmas and then a chalk board carry tote before I can even get to this, oh brother what I get myself in to, lol. I love it! hee hee.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Yep, she's gonna drum up business for all the other goofballs looking for a zany gift for the farmer who has everything including the chicken!!

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

Ah life is never dull!!! Go Bev!!

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

here are some models for you

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Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

Baaaaahaaaa haaa, too funny. Although what I am making is similar to the one at the end, lol

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

Those pictures have just made my day!!!! I am so glad this thread appeared as it has provided so much laughter. Laughter is a good thing.
Bev, need to see a picture of yours now.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

I cannot believe anyone puts clothes on chickens. They are cold blooded and even up north, get thru winters w/out coats. Wait till I tell a couple of my farmer friends that people want coats for their chickens & diapers for bunnies. They will think I've gone off the deep end.
Now I have this vision of driving by the Perdue chicken "ranch" in MD & seeing all chickens in coats.

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

ROFLOL. One never knows what crazy idea will come up, do they.

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

Saddles are put on hens because amorous roosters will rip out the feathers on the hens' backs. Have you ever seen roosters at a hen? They can be pretty vicious. Not just a hicky! Saddles are also known as "hen savers". Also, chickens are warm blooded which is why commercial chicken houses are always heated or have lights left on for warmth. North Georgia is the largest commercial chicken industry in the country. We make jokes about the chickens and their reading lights when we drive by miles upon miles of houses with the lights on at night.

I think bunny diapers are for house pet bunnies when they are allowed out. Our kids had bunnies. They could give Hansel and Gretel a run for their money when it came to leaving trails. They can't seem to go more than a few feet without dropping pellets. I was always yelling about the bunnies loose.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Thanks for the explanations Laurel. There had to be a reason.....

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

I will definitely post pictures. I have to get them done by January. At the present time I have to finish up 78 wreaths for the church families in need, one quilt which is headed to England, 2 applique journals, a chalk board roll up tote and then the chicken saddles. It's a good thing she said I had plenty of time because I am swamped, which is awesome! Yeah.

(Nadine) Devers, TX(Zone 9b)

I been making chicken saddles/aprons for years along with chickens diapers..lol..not hard to make once you get your pattern tweaked.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

Nadine, this is the pattern, the only pattern that I found:

http://backtobasicliving.com/blog/make-a-chicken-saddle/

I was going to make it similar to this but no snaps, just elastic? And I thought maybe quilted? I don't know. I have to start on these next everything else has been complete so it's time to "saddle up" and stop being "so chicken" lol...couldn't help myself, but seriously, is this similar to how you did yours? I am really in need of some serious guidance, thank you.

Bev

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Darn - those are sure "interesting". Maybe I should go into the chicken saddle business!!!!! How much does one charge/pay for these things??

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

LOL

Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA(Zone 7b)

I don't know, Jean, but imagine what you could charge if you did one for an ostrich! I say go big.

Love the saddles, Moodene.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

When I did my research the basic ones ranged anywhere from $4 - $12.50 for one saddle. I was going to go with $4 for non-quilted and $6 if I quilt it. Then go up? I don't know, this was kind of one of those, hey can you make this for me for my shop? I sell nationwide? ummm, ummm, yeah, then crud what's a chicken saddle, lol...

Any input Moodene would be awesome. Thanks.

(Nadine) Devers, TX(Zone 9b)

Ok, all I can say is to keep the pattern simple enough for you to make..I have made them out of any 100% cotton fabric that is durable cuz the rooster will and can tear the fabric up...I used 10-16 oz denim(whatever i can get on sale) on the bottom with woven cotton on the top..
Now the price can be from $4.00 -Banty size up to $12.00 Turkey size..
Don't do them real cheap in price cuz you can end up cutting yourself short--some people will think--cheap price is cheap fabric.. I buy alot of my good qaulity of fabrics on sale most of the time..Now if a shop wants to buy the saddles r diapers from me, I let them know they have to buy a certain amount to make it worth while my time to sew them.. I did not put any type of labels on mine, I let the shop do it so the customer can come back to the shop to buy more stuff. Then the shop can buy more from you..what goes around,comes around..lol...

Be careful if you decided to make feather wing gaurds to go on top of your saddles, Hen Saver is or has that for patent or trademark..Just don't copy their stuff..you can do your own but that can be later down the road..Me- I don't bother with it..I don't want to get tangled with it..lol..

I have put D-rings on the back of the saddles in case anyone wants to order one. to put a leash to walk the chicken.I tack another $1.00 for that..

I am still doing saddles and diapers PLUS making diapers for my granddaughter too..lol..



(Nadine) Devers, TX(Zone 9b)

Hen Saver link:
http://www.hensaver.com/hen-saver-hen-apron-saddle.html


Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

Thanks Moodene, that was extremely helpful. I really appreciate your help in this matter.

(Nadine) Devers, TX(Zone 9b)

You are welcome!!

(Nadine) Devers, TX(Zone 9b)

Well. Did ya come up with a chicken apron/saddle yet???

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

I haven't had time to make one, but I am going to use that pattern on that link I posted. Its been very busy with Christmas and the woman hasn't gotten back to me on the type of chicken or the measurements that I need in order to make the saddle. Guess this will be a 2013 project.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

Nadine, on the saddles, how long should I make the elastic pieces for the wings, 3"? 6"? help... Have the body thing down pat, tweaking that ladies pattern to my own but no where in her directions does it say how long each elastic piece is. I noticed in your photos that it looks like you used strapping or something. I don't suppose you have a pattern you'd be willing to share with me? Please...

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

Finished. Just going to adjust my snaps away from the edge a bit. Fully quilted, reversible, and easy snap elastic sides. I never could follow directions lol

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

Was sending from my phone. I guess the photos didn't attach. Trying again.

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(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

WAY cute Bev!!

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