Nicola Congdon and her mother Ann from Cornwall, England have started knitting sweaters (known as ‘jumpers’ in England) for rescued hens. On large industrial farms, hens are often cramped into egg-laying cages and many pluck out their own feathers from stress or frustration. This can lead to climate problems once the hens are retired or rescued.
Not only are the sweaters adorable, but they also help the chickens adapt to normal weather conditions that they were not acclimatized to having lived in cages for most of their lives. It also helps with socialization; something else the chickens received very little of during their lives. The sweaters have become popular enough that Nicola is now getting inquiries from places as far away as Canada. Proceeds from buying the sweaters are donated to an AIDS orphanage in South Africa, meaning this is nothing but good for everyone involved.