New England winters can be brutal.
That's why even chickens need sweaters. And guess who has time to knit them? Retirees.
The Knitting Club at Fuller Village, a retirement home in Milton, Massachusetts have taken it upon themselves to knit little sweaters for the chickens who live on a neighboring estate called Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust.
Grandma knitter Barbara Widmayer is 76 years old but has been knitting since she was 15. She told Boston CBS:
"I don't think in my wildest dreams I ever thought anybody made sweaters for chickens."
Some of the chickens at the estate are able to molt and grow winter plumage but there are some in the flock that come from more tropical climates so they need some help keeping warm during the brutal New England winter. And they seem to like the sweaters since egg production is up according to the estate's spokeswoman.
Widemayer and other retirees are happy to have a relaxing, but beneficial project. Widemayer explained:
"There's so much going on these days that's kind of contentious in the world. It was actually very calming to me to work on this."
The group is finished knitting little sweaters for the chickens but already have inquiries for more projects. Someone recently gave the group's organizer Nancy Kearns an article about a need for blankets at an elephant refuge in India. Whether or not the knitting group ventures into this project remains to be seen.
"Probably not something we're going to do," Kearns said. "But you never know."
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