10 Feb '15, 3pm

Does your chicken need a sweater?

Does your chicken need a sweater?

Just as our furry friends sometimes need a little extra warmth during the winter months, so do our feathered ones, according to some chicken owners. While chicken sweaters may seem more of a fashion statement than anything, the people who knit or buy them for their flocks say the knitted garments keep their birds warm during molting season and prevent the chickens from picking at new feathers as they grow in. "In colder climates like ours it can get quite cold in the fall or the spring when the birds lose their feathers," said Maureen Schmidt, who lives in Kelowna, British Columbia. "Without adequate feathering, they can get quite cold, especially if they drop their old feathers all at once." Schmidt's mother knitted several warm garments for her daughter's chickens (pictured right). The sweaters have an opening for the birds' heads and wings, and they button to secure to ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/does-your-chicken-...

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