- Can I tell you what breed and age my pet is instead of measuring them?
- Do you offer adjustable Duck and Goose diapers?
- How long can I leave my pet diapered?
- Can I leave my pet in a diaper unattended?
- I need my diaper right away, can I get a rush order?
- How do I put on/change the diaper?
- Why are make times what they are?
- Why are prices what they are?
- I received my (adult) diaper and it doesn't fit. What do I do?
- Can I use these diapers for other types of fowl?
- Why aren't there outfits and costumes for baby diapers?
Can I tell you what breed and age my pet is instead of measuring them?
Unfortunately, no. Measurements are required for many of our items to ensure that your pet gets the best fit possible. Ducks, geese, and chickens come in all different shapes and sizes. Even two birds of the same age, breed, gender, and coming from the exact same parents can have differences in measurements that would effect the fit of the product. Detailed info graphics with explanations of each measurement are provided in every listing that requires measurements. Some listings also have video help. If you are having trouble measuring and need help, you can contact us here.
Do you offer adjustable Duck and Goose diapers?
We specialize in completely custom products so that we can provide items that fit like a glove. Adjustable items often use many buckles and moving parts. We have found that all these little extra pieces can be bothersome to many birds, piquing their natural fiddling instincts and can sometimes lead a clever bird to adjust and fiddle themselves right out of their diaper (yuck!), and in extreme cases even cause irritation and sores. By eliminating extra buckles and straps we can offer a much more lightweight, comfortable, and cost effective product. Ducks, geese, and chickens come in all different shapes and sizes. Even two birds of the same age, breed, gender, and coming from the exact same parents can have differences in measurements that would effect the fit of the product. Detailed info graphics with explanations of each measurement are provided in every listing that requires measurements.
How long can I leave my pet diapered?
If an absorbent liner is properly used and changed as needed, diapers are designed to be comfortable for extended wear. Pets should be given a break from their diaper at least once a day to give them a chance to bathe and preen. Only you know your pet and can judge if they need a break. With extended wear it is very important to be diligent about diaper changes, generally changing as soon as the diaper is soiled will keep your pet healthy and happy. If you notice any irritation around the vent, immediately discontinue use of the diaper until the area has healed.
Can I leave my pet in a diaper unattended?
No. It is never a good idea to leave a pet in a diaper unattended. The diapers are designed to be snug against your pet's body. If they were to get their diaper caught on something they would not be able to get out of the diaper and could be injured or strangled.
I need my diaper right away, can I get a Rush Order?
Yes, most of the time. Rush orders can usually be shipped in 1 business day, but may take more time if there are many items in an order, or if there are other limiting circumstances. Our rush fee is 50% of your order total starting at a $20 fee minimum. Rush orders do not include rush shipping, you can pick your USPS shipping speed during checkout. If you need FedEx Next Day Air, please contact us for pricing. To request a rush, send us a message before you place your order through our Contact Form with "Rush Request" in the subject line. Please include all the items you plan to order and how quickly you need them.
How to put on/change the diaper
Adult Diapers - start by slipping the neck loop over the head, pull the body of the diaper under the pet's belly, pull the velcro straps up and around on either side of the pet's tail, and velcro them together, then buckle the back stap. To change the diaper, first ready your clean diaper liner. Then unbuckle the back strap, undo the velcro tail strap, and remove the soiled liner. Place the clean liner in the diaper, velcro the tail straps back together, and buckle the back strap.
Baby Diapers - Slip the head hole over your pet's head, pull the body of the diaper under your pets belly, and pull the diaper by the strap up and over their tail. Adjust the strap as needed. To change the diaper, loosen the back strap, pull the diaper off to the side, remove the soiled liner, replace with a clean liner, pull the diaper back over the pet's tail, and tighten the back strap.
Why are make times what they are?
Everything in my shop is handmade to order. Beside all the business work, actual product making consists of multiple steps of planning, cutting, piecing, pinning, stitching, photographing, packaging, and shipping. I try to make things in batches "assembly line" style to be as efficient as possible, but this still takes quite a bit of time as each and every diaper is made custom to your measurements and design. You can be assured that every Sew Sammi product is made with time and care, just for you. That passion and attention to detail is what drives our make times.
We do offer Rush Orders, by request, at an additional fee of 50% of your order total starting at a minimum fee of $20. The fee is based on the extra time I have to take out of my other plans, sometimes even sleep, to rush your order and still get everyone else's orders out on time. Rush orders are not cheap, but I do know that sometimes things come up and you NEED something right away.
Why are prices what they are? (I can't afford it)
Each and every item in our shop is handmade. We are not a large company with big machines cranking things out like lightning, nor do we outsource any of our work. While you are paying for the materials used and the time I put into your order, we also have to take into account the countless hours spent learning to sew (20+ years!), learning to design, designing the array of products we offer, writing the listings, maintaining the online store, managing the orders, keeping track of supplies, maintaining the studio, packaging and shipping, replying to hundreds of emails and messages, and more. While my husband does some of the cutting and website managing, all other aspects of our store are managed by just me. A lot of work goes in to Sew Sammi before any actual product making, and even that consists of multiple steps of planning, cutting, piecing, pinning, stitching, photographing, packaging, and shipping. I try to make things in batches "assembly line" style to be as efficient as possible, but this still takes time as each and every diaper is made custom to your measurements and design. Most handmade guidelines are to add your time (at craftsman hourly rates) and materials, and multiple by 4 to get your retail price. If I followed this guideline each diaper would cost upwards of $200. A lot goes in to calculating our prices, and there is zero mark-up for retail. This is also why we very rarely hold sales on our diapers - we are already offering the very best price humanly possible to stay in business.
I received my (adult) diaper and it doesn't fit
Unfortunately, this is more common that I'd like. This is almost always due to errors in measuring. We DO understand that measuring a duck or goose or chicken is not easy. We suggest planning ahead for this, as adjustments may be need to be made to your first diaper. Some adjustments can be made from home, others need actual alterations, and others still may not be fixable. To determine what, if anything, can be done, send us a message through our contact page here with as much description as possible regarding which parts don't fit, if they are too small or too large, and by how much (preferably in inches).
Diapers for other types of fowl (quail, turkey, peacock, emu, etc.)
Our diapers are NOT for exotic birds of flight. These diapers are to be used on barnyard fowl ONLY. We currently offer diapers designed for ducks, geese, and chickens in our shop, however we do have options for other fowl by request. If you are interested in diapering another type of fowl, please contact us here and let us know the type and age of your fowl, and what your purpose is for diapering (temporary/injured fowl, hand raising baby fowl but not diapering in adulthood, full time diapered house fowl, safety harness for walking outdoors, etc) so we can lay out the best options for you.
"Outfits" for baby diapers
Baby ducks and geese are a lot like human babies, except they don't have hands to touch and feel the things around them. Instead, baby waterfowl use their mouth to learn their surroundings. I do not offer outfits, costumes, or any other accessory for baby waterfowl because in my experience it's just not safe. Many of my accessories are not safe to be ingested, and it only takes a second for a curious baby to eat a part of their outfit. Once your pet is full grown, you can try out costumes and outfits, but they will need to be closely monitored to be sure they don't ingest any part of their clothing.