‘Plucky’ Retiree Knitting Group Making Sweaters for Chickens

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A group of retirees in the Boston area are knitting sweaters for chickens. No, it’s not a joke. Their plan is to keep the pecky poultry warm during the New England winter, which at times can be devastating for such creatures. The Fuller Village retirement home in Milton, MA has created a ladies knitting group to complete the sweaters for the birds which are part of a local nonprofit education program. In an interview with Fox News, Libby Kaplan, a 76-year-old member of the group identified, “One person I heard say there were more important things to do in this world. ‘Make things for people that need it.’ I think animals need to be warm, too, and I’m so glad we did it.”

‘Plucky’ Retiree Knitting Group Making Sweaters for Chickens

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This unique program came about when members of a knitting club already in existence at Fuller Village heard about some of the hardships that these chickens were about to suffer at this time of year. The breeds in question shed their feathers in order to grow new plumage in the winter months, and others (all housed by the Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust) are imported from tropical climates and simply aren’t suited for New England’s harsh winter conditions. Estate spokeswoman, Erica Max, has noted that the chickens appear to like the sweaters and egg production has risen noticeably since they began wearing them.

‘Plucky’ Retiree Knitting Group Making Sweaters for Chickens

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Nancy Kearns, organizer of the program, noted that it benefits the birds being kept on a neighboring estate (property of the Trust) and many of the knitters have identified the added benefit of feeling calm, fulfilling a goal, and even overcoming long-time fears (one of the knitters didn’t like chickens to begin with). Barbara Widmayer explained, “I don’t think in my wildest dreams I ever thought anybody made sweaters for chickens.” The 76-year-old started knitting when she was 15 and it’s a talent that clearly continues to be of use. One of the sweaters which Widmayer herself crafted was for a rooster by the name of Prince Peep, who hails from Malaysia. And with all of this charitable knitting, it’s got a few of the club members wondering what exotic project they should take on next. Kearns noted that she received an article on the need for blankets at an elephant refuge in India. She joked however, that making something pachyderm-sized might be biting off more than the group could chew.


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