Turns Out, Chickens Are True Fashionistas And Here’s Their Autumn Collection

Turns out, people are keeping their chickens warm in a much more stylish way than one might think. I’m talking crochet sweaters, colorful saddles, you know, the good stuff. And it’s not like these things are hard to get. Everyone can find them on ETSY just like that. Designers have been appealing clothing for these feathery fashionistas for a while now, and they just started releasing their Fall collections.

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Some people, however, say that sweaters, for example, might make a chicken colder. You see, one way that chickens regulate their body temperature is by fluffing their feathers. “They trap pockets of air in the downy layers of their under-feathers, which insulates them quite well,” Daphne Cybele wrote.

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But Maureen Schmidt, who lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, disagreed: “Without adequate feathering, they can get quite cold, especially if they drop their old feathers all at once.” Schmidt’s mother knitted quite a few warm garments for her daughter’s chickens. She designed the sweaters to have an opening for the birds’ heads and wings, and they button to secure to their bodies. Schmidt believes these sweaters don’t restrict her chickens’ movements and that the birds adjust to them quickly.

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“It usually takes anywhere from a few hours to a day before the chickens adjust completely to the sweater. Once they do, they go about their daily scratch and peck as if they grew the sweaters themselves.”

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Moreover, many rescue organizations use chicken sweaters. Mostly, when they’re taking in battery hens, which are usually sold for slaughter when they start producing fewer eggs. These birds are often missing a lot of their feathers because of the cramped, stressful conditions they’ve lived in.

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“The hens usually come out of farms quite bald and can be underweight,” said Miranda McPherson. She has knitted sweaters for England’s Little Hen Rescue. “They will soon fatten up and regain their feathers with the right care, but while they are waiting for their feathers to grow back, they can benefit from our knitted jumpers.”

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Ishrat Pasha 2019