Knitting Sweaters for Chickens? See Why This Helps Them

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It’s the winter season, but humans aren’t the only ones who need to keep warm. Other animals need to find a way to save themselves from the shivering cold too. So mother and daughter Nicola Congdon and Ann Congdon from Cornwall, England, devised a way to prevent their rescued chickens from freezing. The solution? Knitting them little woolly sweaters.

You may be wondering, Why would a chicken need a sweater? Don’t they already have feathers?

That’s because most of the Congdon’s chickens have spent their whole life in cages. They’re kept that way so they can produce more eggs. They are called battery hens, and their feathers couldn’t help them with the weather.

 

 

Nicola Congdon spoke to Mashable and said, “It’s important to make people aware of the poor conditions the hens live in and the fact that they have no feathers when they are retired. [The sweaters] keep them warm and make the chickens easy to identify.”

As of the moment, the Congdons have around 60 chickens, and nearly 30 of them used to be battery hens. The rest have been bred as free-range ever since they were born.

 

 

Now the dynamic duo are getting special requests for sweaters from hen keepers. However, they have no plans of selling them for profit. The money that they’ll be earning from the sweaters will be donated to an AIDS orphanage in South Africa.

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