We are pleased to provide cost-effective poultry saddles for your hens or turkeys.
From early Spring until late Summer, if you have males (Cockerels or Stags) then due to their sexually boisterous behavior, they often tend to damage the hens that they mate with. When the male mounts the female, this is known as 'treading'. The male stands on the back of the female and this is when the damage occurs. The first sign will be feathers disappearing from the hen's back and the back of its head. It is at this stage you need to put a protective saddle on the hen because once the feathers are worn away, the male's weight combined with their feet, claws and spurs will very easily tear the skin on the hen's back.
Often in a flock, one or two girls become 'favourites' and receive much more attention from the boys than others and these are the ones most at risk of damage (you rarely need to put a saddle on each hen).
Our aim is to supply the cheapest poultry saddles possible, and if not collected these are sent first class because we understand the urgency with which they are usually needed. For the sake of our environment, our saddles are made from recycled materials, such as clothing, cushion covers, curtains and other thick protective material. This makes each one slightly unique and they are designed to be hard-wearing. Some will be plain, others may have a pattern. They are lined for comfort and are available in small, medium and large sizes (or turkey size).
The saddles are also helpful for birds which are being bullied and picked on, where other hens are feather plucking their backs.
One year when we had cria born we discovered one of them had a hernia. We were advised to get a hernia belt but the only place we could find these were in America and we needed it urgently and couldnt wait, let alone pay all the import taxes. Eventually, we found someone who had one and lent it to us and it worked fantastically well so we have taken the design and make these ourselves.
£35.00 each plus £4.99 P & P
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