Thursday, July 16, 2009

How To Make A Chicken Diaper: For Donna W.

This is probably going to be a train wreck and clear as mud Donna, but here goes. Let me know if you have any questions as to what I am talking about.


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First, we are going to measure for the elastic straps that go on top. I use 3/4 inch wide elastic for bantams. Measure from about the spot I am pointing to on the front there, to about the spot I am pointing to on the back. This is not a precise science, but it is usually very close. My first diaper was a disaster, but the second, much better.




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Next, your going to measure from the point I am pointing to on the breast, going under the bottom of the chicken with the measuring tape to the point I am pointing to in the second picture. For the actual pouch, you need to add about three inches of material on the top, and the bottom. This will be the poo catching pouch. Looking at the picture, the second picture, go a little lower than where I am pointing, and then add three inches. I am a bit high on that one.

The first picture below is of the pattern. You have the long piece that is going to cover the breast and through the legs and out the back end. The short piece is going to be sewn onto the top. Remember, you are going to be sewing inside out, so when it is finished you will turn the pouch outward so the seam is inside the pouch. The top piece is just cut from the bottom piece to match. I leave a little extra at the top of the second short piece, because you are going to fold it over and put elastic in there, so the end result looks like the third picture here,








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Here is a picture of it finished...so you can get an idea of where you sew the straps onto the outfit. Put the elastic in that section first though, like shown in the picture before this one. You can see, you sew on two little patches, I just make two little squares and sew it up, turn it inside out, then sew it on the elastic about halfway down. I then take those super sticky velcro squares and stick them onto the material, one side up, the other side down, so they match up and close together. That line you see on the short piece is the part you fold over to put the elastic in.



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Of course on all the edges you want to hem it up, you can probably see my hem, and then you can also see where I messed up. In the middle of the breast part I had to cut a little bit out, it was too long in that area and drooped, so I cut out a portion and sewed it back up. The next one I made was better as I redid the pattern to be a bit shorter there.

Now, what you want is some Carefree panty liners. You take two of them and criss cross them like this, inside the poop pouch. Take the strip off and stick it into place. I use safety pins to hold them in place on the back and the sides, just to be extra sure they stay in place. Here is what it looks like...


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I would have shown you his John Deere one, but it is dirty right now and is in the wash...so this was his Christmas outfit. :) Chickenmom on Youtube has some really fancy outfits for her chickens. I am not THAT good. I go for function and thats about the best I can do. ;)

Donna, I hope this helps. Please keep me posted as to how this goes. Who is it for?

29 comments:

Lisa said...

Well I never....seriously, never saw a pattern for a chicken diaper!! I have to say I'm impressed. I remember the videos of the chicken lady and her fancy outfits. You need to make a tuxedo for one of them.
xxx

Donna said...

Me? I don't have chickens, and I don't recall asking for the pattern. However, it is very interesting.

You amaze me with your love for chickens, and I'm glad you are blessed with that kind of love!

I like them, but you have the kind of love for chickens that I have for Jersey cows. No, ever greater. Because I can eat my cow's little boy calf eventually. You cannot eat your chickens. I don't understand it, but I believe God blessed you, to be able to love his creatures like this.

You are a good soul. God bless you.

Becky said...

you are soo clever!

Fernan said...

I'm not telling you what Her Mostess is doing at this moment.
I however am going to ask if you've got a pattern in my size if (heaven forbid) I should need such coverage.
Old Coot
PS: I'm well covered with tuxedos.

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Nicole said...

Thank you! I just ordered elastic and velcro. I have plenty of material and I'm going to sew a diaper for each chicken, I have 5 pullets. The kids will be thrilled to bring the girls in the house once in a while. :)

Anonymous said...

I have a house chicken named Clover whom I saved from an abusive home, and this pattern is so helpful so she will no longer make messes when she sleeps on my bed at night! She is 1/2 bantam 1/2 normal (I know her mom is a bantam but I'm guessing the dad is a normal because she is growing at the speed of a bantam but is a bit to big for her age to be a bantam but to small to be a normal of her age). Every night, before lights out, she will fly up onto my bed, settle down on her "bed" (a furry pillow pet thing that is right beside me on my bed) she will chirp her little goodnight chirps and she will go to sleep, and every morning I had to clean up her messes, but now I no longer have to thanks to this pattern. Thanks! Your the best!

Sinceraly, Samantha G.

Karen Peters said...

Love this information - thank you for posting it!

Nicole said...

It's a lot harder then it looks! You have the best directions and are easy to follow. I'm half way through making my first one. I only have the elastic to sew on. I hope mine turns out as well as yours! Thank you for the photos and directions. Happy sewing!

gspurl said...

Thank you for this pattern. Our church is having a bring-your-pets for blessings day next month and my 12 yr old wants to bring her little pullet who is recovering from an attack. With a diaper, I will let her bring her. :)

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ziggybond_007 said...

Thank you so much for this. I just got a silver sebright and I have been looking for a chicken diaper pattern. I'm definitely breaking out the sewing machine.

Julia said...

Thanks for this! I have loads of fabric remnants, and I think little Lisianthus is going to have quite the wardrobe now! :~)

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Sarah Kamolz said...

I have to know.... why would you need a chicken diaper? Call me city folk, but I haven't figured it out yet. Help! I must know! Haha!

Pico Torcido said...

Own your first chicken and you will become OBSESSED!!! We have adopted a little crossed beak chick and want her in the house with us during the day (believe it or not)--thus the diaper!

dana said...

Thanks for the pattern.
Girls!! Chickens don't care if you can't sew!!! Free yourself and just do it. You have permission to make mistakes and your chickens wont care. They were going to poop in it anyway.
SEWWWW!!

Cream said...

Thanks!!!!! This is a great pattern, and easy steps. I'm half-way done, so now I can bring my sweet little Black Japanese Bantam, Sky, into the house. She is such a sweetheart, she let me measure her with a measuring tape while standing on a hay bale ;)

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Marc Draco said...

Hey thanks for this - I'm going to have to make one now - my little boy lives in the flat with me (I'm not allowed them outside because "people complain").

Anyway, he goes daft crowing from daybreak to nightfall UNLESS I take him out of the enclosure and he sits with me - more or less silently.

I guess he sees me as the head honcho - so he doesn't feel the need to call all the time.

Eli said...

Thank you for this pattern. I will be modifying it slightly for our two Muscovy ducks that are currently wintering in our house.

TN Nichols said...

If you ever had a pet that was so sweet and loving but could not be potty trained... this is the result :)

Windy said...

Thank you!I am sitting here with my little banty sleeping next to me on an old shirt! I have everything I need to do this! Time to get busy!@ Thank you!

AMY BATMAN said...

I know this article is old, but do you have a definitive pattern I could print out? I have gotten into ducks again and I just got a new addition but the problem is she has been imprinted. She does not realize she is a duck and was kept indoors by her previous owner (because she was hatched 3 weeks early after being trampled on and has a crevice in her chest). Other than being inprinted, my outside ducks pick on her a LOT and unmercifully. Needless to say, we think it's best to make her the "indoor duck". But I can't find a pattern that isn't confusing. I'm afraid I'm not the greatest seamstress yet, but I do have a little experience. I'd appreciate it if you could help me! If it helps, my duck is full grown (about 5 mos) and she is a Swedish blue.

AMY BATMAN said...

I know this article is old, but do you have a definitive pattern I could print out? I have gotten into ducks again and I just got a new addition but the problem is she has been imprinted. She does not realize she is a duck and was kept indoors by her previous owner (because she was hatched 3 weeks early after being trampled on and has a crevice in her chest). Other than being inprinted, my outside ducks pick on her a LOT and unmercifully. Needless to say, we think it's best to make her the "indoor duck". But I can't find a pattern that isn't confusing. I'm afraid I'm not the greatest seamstress yet, but I do have a little experience. I'd appreciate it if you could help me! If it helps, my duck is full grown (about 5 mos) and she is a Swedish blue.

AMY BATMAN said...

I know this article is old, but do you have a definitive pattern I could print out? I have gotten into ducks again and I just got a new addition but the problem is she has been imprinted. She does not realize she is a duck and was kept indoors by her previous owner (because she was hatched 3 weeks early after being trampled on and has a crevice in her chest). Other than being inprinted, my outside ducks pick on her a LOT and unmercifully. Needless to say, we think it's best to make her the "indoor duck". But I can't find a pattern that isn't confusing. I'm afraid I'm not the greatest seamstress yet, but I do have a little experience. I'd appreciate it if you could help me! If it helps, my duck is full grown (about 5 mos) and she is a Swedish blue.

Wells Family said...

Thank you for posting this, we have two baby ducks we'd like to make diapers for. The use of a pad is perfect! I was thinking real baby diapers but this will work too!