Some Chickens Need Sweaters

@Corbin5 (55011)
United States
March 20, 2017 2:42pm CST
Some wonderful retired ladies in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, all who knit like pros, have been knitting warm sweaters for chickens. New England is a cold place in winter, and many chickens do get cold! The chicken-sweaters will go to the chickens residing on a farm located on the Mary M.D. Wakefield Charitable Trust. Those chickens who shed their feathers and grow new feathers in winters, do quite well without a sweater, unless they want to strut their stuff in a colorful sweater in the hopes of looking stylish. However, chickens that come to the New England area from climates that are tropical, need those sweaters to keep their chicken bodies warm as can be. And, how wonderful is this? The sweater-wearing chickens lay more eggs than non-sweater wearing chickens!! If you have a chicken that is in need of a sweater, there are chicken sweaters available for purchase online. The chicken sweater I saw for sale online will cost you $14.00.
A knitting club in Massachusetts has begun making small sweaters to keep chickens warm in the wintertime.
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@Platespinner (14698)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
20 Mar
My chickens are quite content with their own plumage...but then they aren't used to a tropical climate.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
20 Mar
Yes, those chickens imported from warmer climates do need a sweater.
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@Morleyhunt (14107)
• Canada
20 Mar
@Corbin5 are they importing them fully grown or as chicks. The chickens will grow the appropriate plumage.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
20 Mar
@Morleyhunt Unless of course they are that featherless hybrid from Israel--those chickens would definitely need sweaters!
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@amadeo (35845)
• United States
20 Mar
I heard this.This was on our local news.I will pass.I am chickken
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
20 Mar
I am going to have the ladies make a sweater for you!!!
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@amadeo (35845)
• United States
20 Mar
@Corbin5 Yes,Okay how about an ugly sweater for the upcoming Christmas.I loved it.I will halp.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
20 Mar
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@jaboUK (47550)
• United Kingdom
20 Mar
Lol - I've heard everything now! That seems quite expensive, especially if you have a lot of chickens that need them.
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@sueznewz2 (7813)
• Alicante, Spain
21 Mar
I thought that too....
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
@sueznewz2 Well, a chicken does need a top-of-the-line sweater.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
Well, those too-cold chickens really do appreciate the sweaters. Some chickens are quite style-conscious and are very particular regarding the quality of their sweaters, so the best is a must.
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@RubyHawk (11237)
• Atlanta, Georgia
20 Mar
Now I have heard it all. Sweaters for chickens. That's cute.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
It is nice to know that a chicken does not have to suffer through frigid temperatures unclothed.
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@RubyHawk (11237)
• Atlanta, Georgia
22 Mar
@Corbin5 I don't believe chickens need sweaters in Georgia.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
22 Mar
@RubyHawk No, chickens in Georgia would be miserable in sweaters. They would look stylish, but would be sweating like crazy, if chickens sweat that is.
@Morleyhunt (14107)
• Canada
20 Mar
Sounds just a bit bizarre. I couldn't imagine trying to wrestle a chicken into a sweater. The Video is not available in Canada for some reason.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
20 Mar
Yes, I do not think most chickens would enjoy humans putting a sweater on them. Sorry about the video.
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@Morleyhunt (14107)
• Canada
20 Mar
@Corbin5 you couldn't have known. This isn't the first time I've received that message.
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@snowy22315 (23871)
• United States
21 Mar
Now, they just need a cool name to go with their sweaters for chickens, like Knits for Chicks, or OR Feather Sweaters..
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@snowy22315 (23871)
• United States
21 Mar
maybe Chick KNITS?
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
@snowy22315 Oh, I love Chick KNITS!!!
@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
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@MALUSE (23700)
• Denmark
20 Mar
That's funny! I'm sure cows also feel cold . . .
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
20 Mar
I will alert the ladies and suggest cow sweaters!!
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@MALUSE (23700)
• Denmark
20 Mar
@Corbin5 Last year a group of knitting-crazy people knitted covers for lampposts.That was a funny sight!
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
20 Mar
@allen0187 (17663)
• Philippines
21 Mar
Chicken sweaters - who knew such exists! This is a first for me!
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
Yes, new to me too. A freezing chicken in winter is not a good thing at all.
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@allen0187 (17663)
• Philippines
21 Mar
@Corbin5 hopefully, these sweaters kept the chickens warm!
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@SIMPLYD (69802)
• Philippines
21 Mar
Then indeed there is a need for those sweater wearing chickens to really wear a sweater because they lay more eggs. It must be nice to see a chicken with a sweater. I have never ever seen one.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
I have not seen a chicken wearing a sweater in person, but it would be a cute sight to see.
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@SIMPLYD (69802)
• Philippines
22 Mar
@Corbin5 Yes.
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@louievill (14086)
• Philippines
20 Mar
Cool idea but its good you said " some" make chickens wear sweaters in a Philippine summer and they would cook before they reach the frying pan just joking
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
Yes, a chicken from the Philipines who had to endure the below-zero temperatures of a New England winter would love a sweater.
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@louievill (14086)
• Philippines
21 Mar
@Corbin5 that is very true, they are like people from the tropics migrating to a colder country and ecountering freezing temps. for the first time.
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@boiboing (12581)
• Northampton, England
20 Mar
They also use these with ex-Battery chickens who've plucked their chest feathers out through stress.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
20 Mar
Thank goodness they do something kind for battery chickens. Those chickens in the stacked cages also eat the droppings from chickens above and also rat feces. So glad I am a vegetarian.
@boiboing (12581)
• Northampton, England
20 Mar
@Corbin5 My husband works in a prison. They keep chickens - 'retired' battery chickens get to run around at the prison and have a better life. Except at the moment, no chickens are running around in Europe due to bird flu restrictions.
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@Marty1 (15104)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
20 Mar
@corbin5 I saw this in the newspaper last week! I almost forgot about it. Thanks for tlling us! It is a great idea!
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
20 Mar
I thought so too. I think Marty would look cute in a sweater!!
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@Marty1 (15104)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
20 Mar
@Corbin5 I agree! I have to offer these ladies a job of knitting Marty a winter wardrobe for next season!
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@JudyEv (83898)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Mar
Don't they look so cute in their sweaters? Those with the erect single combs sometimes get frost-bite when it is really cold and the combs drop off.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
Oh dear. Did not know that about the combs. That is a shame. They really look pretty darn cute in those sweaters.
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@BelleStarr (26210)
• Portland, Connecticut
21 Mar
That is just too funny, but I guess if the chicken will wear it. lol
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
It seems the chickens are quite happy wearing their sweaters.
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@Susan2015 (16289)
• United States
21 Mar
It looks so cute with the sweater on it.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
I think so too. I bet the chickens think they look sharp in their sweaters!!
@Fishmomma (10564)
• United States
20 Mar
If the chicken lives here and moves to your area, then they will need sweaters. I saw it on the news and they interviewed a few people who bought one. I think it would be no different, then me going to a cold climate, as I'm really cold when traveling in certain months.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
Yes, my friends little pug, not much fur on that pup, must wear a sweater on walks in winter, so it is the same thing for the chickens who come from tropical climates.
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• Midland, Michigan
20 Mar
It looks like the chickens don't mind as much as some dogs do when dressed up to please humans.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
20 Mar
I think the chickens think they are lookin' good in those sweaters.
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@TRBRocks420 (48402)
• Banks, Oregon
20 Mar
That's pretty cool and, I am sure the chickens like their sweaters.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
21 Mar
They look cute in them too.
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@Juliaacv (15621)
• Canada
20 Mar
What a thoughtful and useful project!
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
20 Mar
I thought so too. Some of those chickens wear those sweaters well!!
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• Jakarta, Indonesia
20 Mar
Really funny, if we learn the biological of chickens, they don't need sweaters. They can survive in cold weather.
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@Corbin5 (55011)
• United States
20 Mar
I suppose a chicken from a tropical climate that has been moved to a cold one, just may like wearing a sweater if the temperatures are below freezing.
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