Although I have only just begun knitting my shawl I already have my next knitting project picked out!
When I first came across this photo ... on a garden plant website of all things ... I got a good laugh out of it. I thought someone had done this for a joke! The website was set up so you couldn't download any photos from it so I went on a Google search for chickens wearing sweaters until I found it. There were a surprising number of photos of chickens wearing sweaters which seemed rather odd to me. By clicking on one of them ... the one that is my photo above ... I was led to a site called Little Hen Rescue. LHR is an organization in Norwich, Norfolk, UK which rescues abused hens & hens termed no longer useful. I am not an animal rights wacko but I have read quite a bit about the inhumane treatment that is the daily life of many farm animals ... chickens included. It is a very sad & appalling situation. LHR takes in these hens (& sometimes other fowl when space permits), attempts to nurse them back to health, & then they make them available for adoption. The sweaters are not a joke at all. They are used as a way to help heal chickens that have been harmed or abused until their feathers have regrown. LHR sent out a plea to knitters some time ago, providing them with a pattern so they could make & donate these sweaters ... & others like them ... to the organization. The response was so overwhelming that they now have enough sweaters for quite some time & are asking knitters to please not send any more : )
I do love chickens. They each have their own personality. I would have a little chicken house with a run in the backyard if it were possible which right now it is not : ( Maybe someday.