Fundraiser Lucy Hayreh with a former battery hen in a knitted jumper. (Photo: Shropshire Star)
The United Kingdom is in the grips of a bitter cold snap, but the farmyard gang at Green Meadow Animal Sanctuary in Pattingham, Staffordshire is staying warm with the help of customized sweaters sent by animal lovers all over the world, NewsToday reports.
Ex-battery hens, whose feathers haven’t regrown all the way since their nightmarish former lives on factory farms, have been outfitted in stylish woolen “jumpers” to combat the arctic temps. Sanctuary owner Daphne Wain appealed to knitters for help after the 14 hens arrived at Green Meadow.
“I now have over 60 jumpers between 14 chickens. They must be the best-dressed chickens in the world. They love wearing the jumpers,” Wain says.
The chickens had never been outside before arriving at the sanctuary. “When we let them in the hutch they huddled tightly together because they were scared of all the space,” Wain recalls. “When we first let them out they took several hours to summon up the courage to even take a look outside.”
Now the lucky clucks love the outdoors, but even with their snazzy new sweaters, Wain can’t let the hens out for long. “They’re not fat enough to keep warm for long periods, especially in the weather we’re having at the moment.”