Chicken Saddles & Chicken Diapers

Chicken diapers and saddles

Those new to chicken-keeping may never have heard of a chicken saddle or chicken diaper, but if you keep chickens, chances are, you’re likely to need one sooner or later.  Why would you ever need a saddle or diaper for a chicken? Good question.

The Chicken Chick Hen Mating Saddle™
Chicken diapers and saddles | Underside of chicken saddle
Chicken diapers and saddles | Chicken Saddle
The Chicken Chick’s Hen Mating Saddle™, also known as a hen apron.

A hen saddle is a piece of material that protects a chicken’s skin and feathers from damage due to rooster over-mating. During mating, a rooster stands on a hen’s back, holding her neck feathers with his beak and steadying himself with his feet. This activity, known as treading, can cause feather loss and skin injuries. An aggressive rooster, or one with a preference for a particular hen, may cause bald spots on a hen’s back and wings; these vulnerable areas can be protected with the use of a properly constructed and fitted hen saddle.

Rooster mating hen
During mating, a rooster stands on (treads) the hens’ back and wings to balance himself.
Chicken diapers and saddles | Feather loss on hen's back due to rooster treading & hen apron being modeled.
Chicken diapers and saddles | Polish hen wearing a hen saddle

Chicken diapers are used not only for house chickens, but for times when a chicken becomes house-bound due to a serious injury or illness requiring close supervision. The diapers provide the chicken-keeper with the option not to keep their pet penned-up in a crate or cage for the duration of their recovery. They are easy to put on, adjustable and have a waterproof liner in the pouch. The ‘V’ shape allows it to cup around the chicken’s tail to provide a good fit.

Chicken diapers and saddles | Silver Spangled Hamburg Hen wearing a chicken diaper
Stella, my Silver Spangled Hamburg, models a diaper.
Chicken diapers and saddles | Chicken diaper with removable, washable insert.
Chicken diapers and saddles | Chicken diaper, view of the insert inside
The white material is a removable pouch.

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Mary Lynn Durfee
Mary Lynn Durfee
6 years ago

My hens need the jacket because the rooster is pretty rough, but he protects them and takes excellent care of them.

Flo
Flo
6 years ago

One of my new Buffs Juliet, has very short feathers on her back thru her tail area. She is new to me and thought maybe that a rooster has gotten to her to much. She was a gift so I don't know. My rooster who is huge, Barred Lemon Cuckoo Maran. He has tried with one of the other Buff's not Juliet. If he starts I will get one. None are laying eggs yet. That didn't stop him thoough lol

Linda Marengo Davis
Linda Marengo Davis
6 years ago

I have saddles for many of my hens. I ordered them from a lady that makes & sells them on Ebay, she even made some for my Banty's. I will order a diaper. I have a blind / pullet. I am " considering" ( not sure yet ) bringing her/ him inside, so will need diapers when it's outside the cage.

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PiTown Patty
6 years ago

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Pedinursemimi
Pedinursemimi
6 years ago

Wow….chicken diapers! I understand the idea behind the saddles…to protect the poor ladies from "damage" from mating…but diapers….hmmmm…I guess prefer my girls to stay outside, where I can visit THEM…. I don't need them inside my house….. I guess the deal is…I stay out of their house and they stay out of mine! But thanks for posting…. most interesting!