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English Woman Knits Woolly Sweaters for Her Hens!
Nicola Congdon, has been re-homing battery chickens for years. The battery hens have spent the main part of their lives in cages to maximize laying eggs. However, they have problems acclimatizing to normal outdoor conditions once they are released.
“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,” says Nicola.
Nicola has about 60 chickens, of which about 30 are former battery hens. Worrying about her rescued battery hens, Nicola came up with the novel idea of knitting woolly sweaters to help them keep warm during the winter. Luckily, it is no problem putting the sweaters on as the chickens just stand there.
Nicola, and her mum Ann, are both being kept busy knitting hen sweaters as they get inquiries from hen-keepers from all over the world. They are not looking to make money out the sweaters. Instead, all the proceeds from their knitting goes to charity.
“We’ve also had inquiries so far from Canada as well as local people asking for the jumpers. If anyone would like to purchase one we ask for a donation for an AIDS orphanage in South Africa,”
Watch this video – the hens are really adorable in their little sweaters (Brit. Eng: jumpers).
Source and image: Mashable.