Sweaters for chickens? It appears like a joke, however a plucky group of retirees in suburban Boston has hatched a plan to maintain poultry heat throughout the New England winter.
The weird challenge started after members of a knitting membership at Fuller Village, a retirement residence in Milton, Mass., heard in regards to the hardships that some chickens undergo this time of 12 months.
Sure breeds shed their feathers and develop new plumage within the winter months. Others imported from tropical climates simply aren’t suited for the wintry situations.
Organizer Nancy Kearns mentioned the challenge advantages birds saved on a neighbouring property often called the Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Belief.
“I don’t assume in my wildest desires I ever thought anyone made sweaters for chickens,” mentioned Barbara Widmayer, 76, who began knitting when she was 15 years outdated.
Among the many sweaters Widmayer crafted by hand was one for Prince Peep, a rooster native to Malaysia.
One other knitter, 76-year-outdated Libby Kaplan, mentioned the expertise has helped her to beat her concern of birds.
“One particular person I heard say there have been extra necessary issues to do on this world. ‘Make issues for those who want it.’ I believe animals must be heat, too, and I’m so glad we did it,” Kaplan mentioned.
Property spokeswoman Erica Max says egg manufacturing has jumped noticeably for the reason that birds started sporting them.
“I’m unsure that we will present scientific outcomes, however we’ve positively seen some enchancment in our egg manufacturing,” Max mentioned.
It’s received some members of the membership questioning what unique challenge to tackle subsequent.
Kearns mentioned somebody gave her an article a couple of want for blankets and other items at an elephant refuge in India. Making one thing pachyderm-sized, she joked, is perhaps slightly too bold.
“In all probability not one thing we’re going to do,” she mentioned. “However you by no means know.”