While knitting sweaters for your pet dogs and cats is quite common, a group of retirees in Boston are keeping themselves busy by knitting sweaters for chickens. The members of the knitting club at Fuller Village, a retirement home in Milton, Massachusetts, started this unusual project after hearing about chickens shivering at a nearby estate during the cold winter.
Chickens trap pockets of air between their feathers, which they warm with their body heat. However, the residents at Fuller Village learnt that certain breeds shed their feathers and grow new plumage in the winter while those imported from tropical climates just aren’t cut out for New England’s winters.
Organizer Nancy Kearns says that she and her group found a chicken sweater pattern on Pinterest and used it to knit garments for some of the chickens and roosters living in the nearby Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust. The knitting group soon produced sweaters of different sizes, colors and patterns, and the chickens seemed to like their sweaters as the egg production has increased since the birds began wearing them.
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