FAQ
1. What breeds of chickens make good indoor pets?
2. My bird has a lot of fluff on the backside.  Can she wear a diaper without getting          
poop stuck to her?
3. I have japanese bantams with the low-rider legs.  Can they wear diapers?
4. What birds can wear a diaper?
5. When can I start diapering my bird?
6. I want to diaper my bird when it is a baby.  Can I get diapers that the baby can          
grow into?
7. I have an adult bird that I want to bring inside.  Is it too late to train it to a              
diaper?
8. I just put the diaper on my bird and it is acting funny.  What can I do?
9. My bird keeps slipping out of the diaper.  What can I do?
10.Can my bird wear the diaper overnight?
11.How often do I need to change the diaper?
12.What happens if my hen needs to lay an egg?
13.Will the diaper work if my bird has runny poop?
14.Can my bird wear the diaper without a liner?
15.My bird has been wearing the diaper for a while now and was doing just fine, but          
lately she has been fussing when I put the diaper on her.  What is wrong?
16.What do I get when I place an order?
17.How long does it take for me to get the diapers after I place my order?


If this does not answer you questions, please email
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Q.  What breeds of chickens make good indoor pets?

A.  Almost any breed of chicken can have good candidates.  Chickens have different    
personalities, so it will also depend on each individual.  Most people who keep birds
indoors seem to prefer bantams (a smaller version of the standard bird),  but some
people do keep standard birds in the house.  
Silkies are especially popular because
they tend to be calm and affectionate birds.   
Q. My bird has a lot of fluff on the backside.  Can she wear a diaper without getting
poop stuck to her?

A.  Yes. You do need to know where the vent is located (where the droppings come out),
be able to put the diaper on the approximate area, and be prepared to scoop as many
feathers as possible out of the diaper before she messes in the diaper. If the feathers
are not scooped out when the diaper is put on, they will not stay as clean.


Q. I have japanese bantams with the low-rider legs.  Can they wear diapers?

A.  Yes.  You need to state on the Order Form what breed they are.  Low-riders require
a different design.


Q.  What birds can wear a diaper?

A.  Any bird that has stiff tail feathers can wear a diaper.   This means that rumpless
birds will not be able to wear one.  Some people have had success keeping turkeys, ducks,
and geese in the house when they are fitted with these diapers.  The diapers are also
handy for when a sick outside bird has to be brought inside for special care.  Some
people will find that putting diapers for birds that measure three inches or less (see
Order Form) difficult because they are so small.


Q.  When can I start diapering my bird?

A.  Birds typically start having stiff tail feathers at about four weeks old.  They can
start wearing a diaper then.   Diapers for very small birds will not be able to be fitted
with a disposable liner.  A piece of feminine absorbent pad may be placed in the bottom
of the diaper to make clean-up easier and to decrease possible leakage through the
fabric if the droppings are runny.


Q. I want to diaper my bird when it is a baby.  Can I get diapers that the baby can
grow into?

A.  Yes.  The diapers are adjustable.  You must state clearly on the Order Form the age
of the bird if you wish for a "growing into" diaper.  If a bantam baby starts wearing a
diaper at 4 weeks old, you can expect to go through 3 sizes, the last size fitting an adult
bird.  A standard bird will go through more sizes.


Q. I have an adult bird that I want to bring inside.  Is it too late to train it to a diaper?

A.  Most times, the adult birds don't seem to mind.


Q.  I just put the diaper on my bird and it is acting funny.

A.  Most birds accept the diaper pretty easily.  Some may take a few days to get used
to it.


Q.  My bird keeps slipping out of the diaper.  What can I do?

A.  If the diaper is slipping off the tail, tighten the pouch flaps a bit more.  If the
shoulder straps are slipping, first check to make sure that the shoulder straps are not
cutting into the bird.  If the straps are too tight, the bird will drop its shoulders so the
straps will slide off.  If the shoulder straps are not too tight, tighten up the back flap.  
If the bird is still getting out of the diaper, put a safety pin through the straps directly
behind the shoulders.


Q.  Can my bird wear the diaper overnight?

A.  An adult bird can wear a diaper overnight, although most people let their birds sleep
without it at night.  It is not suggested to let a baby sleep in a diaper because babies
will fill up the diaper quicker than an adult.


Q. How often do I need to change the diaper?

A. There's the old saying that what goes in must come out.  With that in mind,
youngsters, particularly ones going through a growth spurt, and hens that are just
finishing their broody period, will eat enormous amounts of food.  They typically need to
be changed about every 2-3 hours.  Adult roosters who don't eat much for their size can
easily go through the day with one change.


Q.  What happens if my hen needs to lay an egg?

A.  The diaper pouch is big enough to contain the egg.  If the diaper is already dirty
before the egg is laid, the egg will get dirty.  Please remember also that the bird has to
carry the diaper and its contents around.  Carrying an egg off her backside may not be
the most comfortable thing for your hen.


Q.  Will the diaper work if my bird has runny poop?

A.  Yes, to a certain point.  The diaper is designed to keep dry droppings and small
amounts of liquid away from the body, but if the bird is lying down, liquid is harder to
contain (think of a puddle of water spreading out).  In that case, you will need to drop
some cotton balls or a piece of absorbent pad into the bottom of the diaper to help the
liquid stay in the bottom of the diaper.


Q.  Can my bird wear the diaper without a liner?

A.  If your bird has very dry droppings, you can get away with not using a liner. Some
people with very small birds can also get away with not using a liner.  Making the liners is
very cheap and easy, and most people prefer to use the liners because they can clean out
the diaper without touching anything disgusting.


Q. My bird has been wearing the diaper for a while now and was doing just fine, but
lately she has been fussing when I put the diaper on her.  What is wrong?

A.  Oftentimes people don't realize how much their babies have grown.  If she is a young
bird, chances are pretty good she's grown out of her diaper and is fussing because she is
being squeezed into too-small clothes.


Q. What do I get when I place an order?

A.  When you order a diaper, you get the diaper, extra liners, safety pins, and an
instruction sheet.  


Q. How long does it take for me to get the diapers after I place my order?

A.  Orders are typically sent out in less than seven business days in the first-class mail
after payment is received but can be delayed up to three weeks depending on backlog.  
If you are concerned that you get the diapers right away, please email
me to find out
about the shipping.  Overnight shipping is also available via the US postal service.  
However, overnight shipping can sometimes still mean two days,and right now the going
rate is about $16 USD.  If you want overnight shipping,email
me first to find out the
exact cost.