Free Chicken Saddle Pattern for Large Chickens

By Chicken Fans Editorial Team

Enthusiastic large roosters can easily damage a hen's back feathers when mating. A chicken saddle provides a protective shield that prevents a hen from getting bald spots.

There are many saddles on the market, but most won't fit larger fowl. It's actually very easy to create your own large fowl saddle with a pattern. We created a printable chicken saddle pattern for large and extra-large breeds.

Remark: This is the pattern for larger fowl. We have several other chicken saddle patterns for other chicken breeds.


preview of the chicken saddle pattern for large chicken breeds

This chicken saddle pattern contains:

  • Main large saddle or apron
  • Medium, Large, and Extra Large Sizes


This sewing pattern includes the following:

  • Sizes: M, L, XL
  • Difficulty: *
  • Fabric: old clothes
  • Print Size: Tabloid, Ledger
  • Parts: Saddle
  • Binding: adjustable elastic around the wings

The elastic can freely move from left to right, so putting it onto your chickens becomes much easier.

Most Suitable Use

This large chicken saddle pattern can be used for:

Needed Material

To create the saddle, you will need the following:

  • printer to print Tabloid format or Adobe to split the Tabloid-sized pattern into letter-sized prints
  • some fabric from old clothes, left-overs from a quilting-supply store, or fat quarters with a print that fits your breed
  • essential quilting tools like scissors, rulers, needles, and pins
  • elastic band
  • a sewing machine
  • our chicken saddle sewing pattern

How to Make

Time needed: 30 minutes.

Follow these steps to create a chicken saddle for Large Breeds

  1. Print the Chicken Saddle Pattern for Large Breeds

    The chicken saddle pattern PDF is in Tabloid format. If you can not print Tabloid with your printer, you can use Acrobat Reader to split the template over several Letter or A4 pages. In the print dialog of Acrobat, click on the Poster button in the Page Sizing & Handling section. You can split the tabloid-sized pattern into sections on letter-sized paper there.chicken saddle pattern for large chickens print settings for tabloid

  2. Cut the Pattern and Create the Chicken Saddle

    When you have the print, you can proceed to create the chicken saddle pattern by following the step-by-step instructions in our visual guide on how to make a chicken saddle patternmaking a chicken saddle pattern for large chickens


Some possible adjustments:

  • You can put in some extra filling to make the harness more sturdy. As the saddle is pretty large, it can curl up or fly away in the wind. An extra filling can give it some more body to withstand the large claws of a giant rooster.
  • You can foresee extra fabric on the upper neck if you have large birds or trouble folding the fabric.
  • You can add wing protectors and/or a tail guard if the saddle doesn't cover all areas to protect. You can use our pattern for wing protectors and tail guard. Adjust the size to fit your large birds.


Some possible alternatives:

Chicken Fans Editorial Team

The editorial team consists of 3rd generation chicken owners Kat, journalist, editor-in-chief, and Nick, working with illustrators and specialists in the field.

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