A poultry Saddle saves the life of the chicken in a great way, the cotton canvas material is durable which helps to endure the attention of enamored roosters, available in 3 designs which are basic, fleece lined and butterfly which includes wing protection.
The benefits of a poultry saddle include:
- Poultry Saddles also known as hen protector, hen saver, hen apron etc… help to protect the chicken’s skin and feathers from infection which could happen due to the over-mating of the roosters, injury, and the chickens that pick feathers of others. The saddle is absolutely a hen saver because it protects your birds from feather loss and injury. How do they work? The feathers of your hen might possibly break during the act of mating and once the feathers are broken, the skin can be accidentally punctured. If this happens, the other chickens may be tempted to peck at her, and this may lead to a critical injury. This is where the chicken saddle is needed. Therefore, it reduces the possibility of the feathers being broken and protects the back of your birds. You can see how necessary the saddle is and the safety it provides. Thus, if the feather has already broken, the saddle still protects the bird’s bare back so that the injury can heal fast and for the fast re-growth of the feathers. It’s always a good idea to have at least one spare saddle in case of emergencies. Therefore, if the feather is broken or an injury occurs, the spare saddle would be used immediately to protect your chicken.
- The saddles also protect the male and female chickens from nakedness together with unjustly feather picking from dominant birds.
- There is a wing strap on the saddle with a snap to make fitting easy, the birds are able to move freely and it fits well round their wings. To remove the wing strap, undo the snap and carefully pull the feathers through it.
The poultry saddle does not hinder the bird from enjoying herself. She would still continue to carry on with her normal acts such as dust bathing, flapping her wings, running, and so on.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO USE A POULTRY SADDLE?
Once you see damage on your bird’s back, feathers or head, then your bird needs a poultry saddle. This is the right moment to fit the saddle to your bird in order to prevent more damage from occurring. Immediately you have fitted the saddle on your bird, let her remain in the breeding pen and keep strict watch on her in case there are any further needs.
If the bird has lost all her feathers on her back, immediate action should be taken by separating the bird from others and be placed into a pen for her to grow back her feathers. If the bird is allowed to stay in the breeding pen, other birds would easily attack her and tear her skin with their claws and spurs in which she would be wounded and this wound may lead to infection. Her sensitive skin can also be easily sun burnt causing much discomfort to the hen. When damage like this has occurred quite often a hen won’t get her feathers back until her next moult.
In conclusion, we can see the strong benefits of fitting a chicken saddle on our birds. We won’t want to be at a loss for not taking good care of our birds by ignoring all these orientations because poultry saddles are of great benefit to our birds.