It seems that even chickens feel the cold of winter. This certainly was the case in Massachusetts, where a group of pensioners got together and decided to knit sweaters for chickens. Apparently not all chickens can cope with the New England winters. This from countries such as Malaysia are particularly prone to feeling the cold.
Nancy Kearns, who organised the project says that the sweaters go to the Mary M B Wakefield Charitable Trust. One of the knitters, Barbara Widmeyer, aged 76, says that she has knitted many things in her life, but never anything for chickens!
“I don’t think in my wildest dreams I ever thought anybody made sweaters for chickens,” Barbara said.
Prince Peep is one of the chickens who will be warm this winter in his new sweater. Hailing from warmer climes, he feels the cold very badly.
“There’s so much going on these days that’s kind of contentious in the world,” she said. “It was actually very calming to me to work on this.”
Libby Kaplan, aged 76, had always had a fear of birds, but this had helped her to overcome that. She thinks that the chickens know they are being looked after and seem to appreciate the good deeds.
“One person I heard say there were more important things to do in this world. ‘Make things for people that need it.’ I think animals need to be warm, too, and I’m so glad we did it,” Kaplan said.
Spokeswoman for the estate has admitted that since the chickens began wearing their sweaters, the egg production had increased, and she attributed this to warmer, happier fowls. The knitters are pleased that they have something useful to do, and keep them busy.
The group is now contemplating another project, one suggestion being to knit jumpers for elephants in India, although this may be a rather big project to undertake! Nancy says that this is a project that they will probably not undertake, due to the sheer size of jumpers, but never say never.
“Probably not something we’re going to do,” she said. “But you never know.”
Source: New York Post