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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!!!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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..
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.
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...
Thanks Pat. I am redoing my snaps though because I for one, sewed the top as the bottom and the bottom as the top, not like it really matters but I was rushing to get it done before I picked up my daughter from school. And two, I want to redo the snaps because I think they need to be a little further away from the edge. Other than that I was quite happy with it.
OMG! They are so adorable! I want some chickens! I really enjoyed the chickens when we were doing the livestock thing. Except that rooster Boss. He was a mean ole cuss. I would have to build a pen to rival Fort Knox if I got some where I live in Oracle now. Hmmmm. I just remembered that my new neighbors have a few hens. I wonder if they need some chicken saddles...
Those are so cute Bev. I have chickens and had many roosters at one time those would have been great for my girsl too. I only have one rooster left and he is a bit too old and lazy to do any damage now but that was a true statement those boys can be vicious.
Just my 2 cents and I know no one asked but anyhoo... yes chickens are warm blooded and here in the north they are quite hardy. They do not need lights to keep them warm only if they are chicks and then heat lamps are used. Chickens temps run higher and they snuggle on a roost if it is too cold. The lights in the production farms are used for just that reason they are forced to produce eggs it isn't to make them comfortable. Though I like the vision of them reading better lol.
Thunder, I can show you how to make them now that I tweaked the pattern and you could make her some for Christmas, lol.
My sewing is on hold as we are digging our way through our boxes. As you all may or may not know, we just moved this past weekend to Lake Nona area in Orlando, FL. It is very nice here. This is just a rental but at least it is one story, clean, and lots of room. I have the whole family room as my sewing area, IF I ever get a chance to unpack it! lol.
I know, I wish I could escape from my father-n-law on Sunday "football" day, but alas my poor mother-n-law would be all by herself. I will call you soon Thunder, or you call me. Maybe we should map out an Easter get together. Tell my brother I'd like to get together for something, lol.