November 24, 2015

Knitting Chicken Sweaters for a Good Cause

Bastrop, Texas is known for many things—being the most historic small town in Texas, our sense of community and resiliency in the midst of disasters, Bastrop State Park, the Colorado River, the Society of Bridge Spitters, and... our love of chickens. We love chickens so much, in fact, that we decided to protect them in the Historic Farm Street Chicken Sanctuary, where chickens can roam free and cross the road whenever they like.

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We found kindred spirits in Nicola Congdon, 25, and her mother Ann, 58, from Falmouth in Cornwall, England. These two lovely women knit sweaters (they call them jumpers) for battery hens, which are rescued chickens who have spent their lives in cages to maximize egg production. Battery hens often have fewer feathers than free-range chickens and therefore, have trouble acclimating to living outdoors during the cold winter months.
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"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," Congdon told Mashable. "The tank tops are also something really different that provide some fun for the chickens. They keep them warm and makes the chickens easy to identify."

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After going viral, Nicola and Ann are receiving requests for their knitted chicken sweaters from all over the world, but instead of selling the sweaters for profit, they are donating the funds to an AIDS orphanage in South Africa.

Texas isn't known for its cold weather, but how cute would our historic chickens look in these adorable knitted "jumpers" from across the pond?

1 comment:

  1. I love in Bastrop And would like to know how I can order a sweater for my chicken.