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Silly outfits for livestock

 
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Last year, around this time, when the whole Pandemic thing was starting to get a good hold on us all, a friend suggested the most outrageous thing.

It seems she had seen several pictures of bored people who decided to dress their chickens in silly outfits. Some of the people made them "historically accurate" costumes. Some of the outfits served a purpose (chicken aprons/capes), but most were small and silly things.

Once I had outfitted the hens who needed aprons, I took up the challenge and some scrap yarn, and started Custom Couture Chicken Haberdashery.
Yep. I made little hats for the girls. And took pictures of them wearing them.

I quickly learned that the broody hens put up with a lot more fussing about then the not broody hens. It was a great way to break hens of contemplating motherhood. Who knew a small hat could be so powerful?

Have you ever done the same? As far as dressing up your chicken?
Maybe you put a silly outfit on a dog or goat? Designed a designer outfit for a donkey?

 
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Here are some of the pictures of the birds modeling their accoutrement:







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Hattie Dorking in her new hat
Hattie Dorking in her new hat
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Goose in fez
Goose in fez
 
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Kristine Keeney wrote:Once I had outfitted the hens who needed aprons, I took up the challenge and some scrap yarn, and started Custom Couture Chicken Haberdashery.
Yep. I made little hats for the girls. And took pictures of them wearing them.


And you're not posting them?! Pretty please pictures of chickens in hats?

I don't yet have chickens, so I haven't had the opportunity. A friend suggested I get the little T-rex arms for them, but I won't go that route. Silly hats I could possibly get on board with.
 
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I am so sorry. My computer decided to be confusing. I hope you can find the pictures I am starting to post.

Yes, arms were suggested for the geese. I was even sent a link to a nice person who makes arms for poultry, among other odd 3D printed stuff. Haven't made that jump, yet.
 
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Howdy!
More silly pictures of Poultry in hats!

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New Hampshire Red in "boater"
New Hampshire Red in
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Goose in yarn tiara
Goose in yarn tiara
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Goose in a fez
Goose in a fez
 
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Howdy!
More hat on poultry:


Hat on a broody goose


It was supposed to be a beret, but I couldn't get it to look right, so it's a chef's toque, done in pastels.


Hattie Dorking in a tiara


Blue banded ""scoop" hat from the 17-1800s

Pink "scoop" hat with a small flower decoration and yellow banding

I'm hoping I didn't have duplicates. Either way, I'm learning a lot about navigation on the site! Thank you for your patience as I share silly pictures of hats on poultry.

 
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I like the scoop hat. The chicken doesn't seem too impressed, but hey, what do chickens know about historical style? :D
 
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This just showed up on a funny memes thread, don't let your birds near your bed, in case they agree!

 
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I found this in the PEP Oddball Badge thread so I hope Ashley Cottonwood doesn't mind if I share it here:

She made this one which became a problem:




This was the solution to that problem:




So cute that I had to share!
 
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Howdy!
Chicken aprons/capes are amazing! I made up a bunch last year (I had an extra 3 cockerels who were a little hard on the hens), and then had to cut them down because the pattern was based around a larger 'standard' chicken than what I had at the time.

Recently, I noticed that a few of the hens are showing a little wear, so went out to set them in their summer protection, and found out that at least two of the hens are a much larger size than they had been last year.
Hen Plus? Hen as opposed to pullet sizes?
However it goes, I will be making up some larger sizes to fit the grand ladies. I'm tempted to do a little embroidery for decoration. Who doesn't like to dress up every so often?
 
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I posted this on the Game thread though I thought it fit this thread, too.



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Ann, I recall that's some sort of Australian competition? My ducks would be soooo... ticked! I'm guessing these are hand-raised Indian Runner ducks, and must get huge amounts of human socialization as ducklings.
 
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Well, I thought those were geese.  I guess you can tell I have never been around either.

You are right.  This might be it:

Dressed geese at the Sydney Easter show







There are also Duck Races:







 
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That first video - those are *not* any geese variety I've ever seen. I will swear they're Indian Runner Ducks!

Has anyone else seen geese that shape? I should ask my friend with the good books to look it up.

 
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Jay Angler wrote:That first video - those are *not* any geese variety I've ever seen. I will swear they're Indian Runner Ducks!

Has anyone else seen geese that shape? I should ask my friend with the good books to look it up.



Probably the person who made the YouTube was like me, who doesn't know a goose from a duck.

However, I feel the Indian Runner Ducks don't look like the ducks I have seen somewhere on TV or in books...
 
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I've made aprons for our girls but no longer need them, we lost our rooster.
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Anne Miller wrote:However, I feel the Indian Runner Ducks don't look like the ducks I have seen somewhere on TV or in books...


OK, no silly outfits, but a real mob of silly duckies!

 
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Those are runner ducks. The gentleman who raised them in Australia thought they looked a lot like people walking around and decided to make a joke based on one of the big events in Australia in which people tended to dress up and wear "funny" hats.
He was able to talk to a neighbor who sewed into making some outfits and displayed the ducks at the event. It was a HIT! Everyone seemed to love the funny-looking ducks in their fancy clothes.

There have been several articles and videos of the annual event. The ducks are well-treated, and the costumes are designed for them to be easy to wear, remove, and more-or-less comfortable. It has brought a great deal of attention to Indian Runner Ducks, that particular Australian event, and his farm/ranch. I would say it's a win for everyone involved!
 
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