Credit: Yoder Sewing Room

Has the chicken craze hit you yet? (We’re not talking about bird flu.) The domesticated birds — which number 25 billion worldwide, making them the most common bird species — sometimes seem like they’ve reached cult status. There’s so much chicken swag out there, we thought we’d try to capture some of the more creative items from the online marketplace Etsy.

Chicken diaper


This chicken diaper made of fleece by Sew Sammi will only cost you $5. It ships from Arizona and allows your feathered friends to roam your house in style.

Chicken shoe


We thought this one might be a joke at first, but it’s an actual shoe for a chicken, sewn by Party Fowl Pet Supplies in Illinois. It’s made out of neoprene, which is what wet suits are made of, and it’s built to provide both cushioning and grip. You’d use it if your chickens needed to keep bandages or medicine on their foot; needed protection from hot asphalt, ice or rough surfaces; or if you wanted to stop roosters from mounting hens during breeding season.

Chicken harness


This harness will help you take all types of fowl out for walks. “Great harness! Excellent made product and is perfect for my daughter’s chicken!” said one customer reviewing the product made by Party Fowl Pet Supplies.

Chicken hat


This chicken hat, made by Lile Creations in Portland, Oregon, can be sized for an infant or adult. You could wear it on Halloween — or, really, any time you clucking feel like it.

Chicken saddles


This is a thing. The saddles made by Louise’s Country Closet protect the backs of chickens who might be getting picked on by other chickens. You could also use them to protect hens from a rooster’s spurs or nails.

Egg holder


This is a solid copper egg skelter made by hand by Santa Clara Copper in Texas. It’ll hold up to 24 medium- to large-sized eggs and cost you $60.

Egg apron

Credit: Yoder Sewing Room

To get your eggs from the henhouse to your copper egg skelter, you can use your egg apron. “No more broken eggs or struggling with lids and latches with limited use of your hands,” writes the creator, Yoder Sewing Room, based in Ohio. The apron has gotten such an overwhelming response, the makers say they are back ordered four to six weeks.

Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, a team that conducts journalism investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News. She also writes for the newspaper, often centering her work on issues of sexual...