Kosanke, who holds a PhD in Geology, owns and operates a 35-acre working farm appropriately called Crazy K Farm (http://www.crazykfarm.com)
Kosanke did not start out with the goal of becoming an inventor. She’s a prime example of the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” She recently found herself facing the financial burden of losing her job as an oil patch geologist, after being forced to take a three month, unpaid Family Medical Leave in order to care for her special needs daughter. Taking care of her daughter at home and trying to cover the farm bills became almost impossible. Food and medical care needs for 200+ mouths inspired her to market the inventions she has designed over the years for members of her own brood.
The idea for the Hen Saver came a few years ago after Kosanke had some roosters dumped on her farm. She ended up with too many for the number of hens she had, and the roosters were beating up on her “girls.” “People have made (hen) aprons by hand for years but they don’t work very well or last very long,” she says. “After losing several hens to infections, and spending a small fortune to protect our flock, I started doing a lot of research and development to create one of my own.”
Kosanke then improved the design after losing several chickens to chicken hawks. She studied the pattern and locations of the wounds created by the hawk’s talons and re-designed the apron to cover those areas as well. Today, the aprons are triple-layered and highly puncture-resistant. They work so well, even her roosters wear them. “We haven’t lost a single one in nearly a year,” Kosanke says.
Unlike other one-size-fits-
While Kosanke says she has pretty much perfected her design, she recently consulted a local professor to make one more improvement. “We now offer aprons with Predator Eyes,” she says. That means that anything scouting for prey from the air has a few hundred more eyes staring back at them.
Kosanke has hit the ground running with her invention. She has already sold more than 1,000 Hen Savers. Her goal is to move enough products to help her sustain her farm. “I am doing this for my entire family – animals and humans,” she says.
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