Nicola Congdon, 30 year old from England, got an idea how to keep her chickens warm in winter.
She and her mother Ann knit wooly sweaters for her 30 rescued chickens or “battery hens”. Those adorable sweaters keep them warm and happy throughout the winter.
Nicole has 60 chickens, but 30 are rescued chickens and they lived in tiny cages to maximize egg output. After years cooped up, the hens often struggle acclimatizing to changing weather conditions — they literally lack feathers. (To learn more about the conditions battery chickens typically live in, check out the Humane Society’s report.)
“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,“ Nicola Congdon told Mashable. “[The sweaters] keep them warm and make the chickens easy to identify.”
This family has now requests from Chicken Keepers all over the world, and instead of making a profit from those sweaters, they donate all the money to AIDS orphanage in South Africa.
Shannon Stansberry has been engaged in the business of raising chickens for more than 12 years. In 2016, she accomplished the Agriculture & Natural Resources program at Mt. San Antonio College. At present, she tends to more than 80 chickens on her 4-hectare farm. Shannon regularly shares her insights and experience on how to raise healthy and contented chickens on the platform Typesofchickens.com