Retirees are knitting sweaters for chilly chickens

A group of retirees are helping out New England's chilly chickens.  A knitting club in suburban Boston are knitting sweaters for poultry that are not used to the cold weather.

"I don't think in my wildest dreams I ever thought anybody made sweaters for chickens," 76-year-old Barbara Widmayer explains. "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."

It seems like the chickens are liking their new threads!  The sweaters are keeping the chickens at an estate known as the Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust warm and it's noticeably boosted egg production. 

  • Now, the knitting club is considering their next unusual project, which may be knitting blankets for elephants in India. "Probably not something we're going to do," organizer Nancy Kearns explains. "But you never know."

Source: Associated Press