We try to keep your cultural tank pegged on “F,” here at Liberty Unyielding.
When last we checked in with the bird-couture movement, a 109-year-old Australian was ministering knitted sweaters to midget penguins on Philip Island.
Mr. Alfie Date has nothing, however, on Ann and Nicola Congdon, a mother and daughter in Cornwall, UK who knit sweaters for their rescue chickens. The former “battery chickens,” who have laid eggs for vast egg farms, are virtually featherless when they “retire”:
The rescued chickens have trouble getting acclimated to normal weather conditions outside the factory, so the hand-knit sweaters help keep them warm. Nicola says she got the idea after reading an article about rescued battery chickens.
The Congdon ladies aren’t going to let that problem go unattended to. To my eye, the chickens look, perhaps, unnaturally cooperative with the process of being dressed in sweaters. That seems to be a good thing, if dressing and undressing are as frequent as indicated here:
The Congdons keep the sweaters on their chickens for 30 mins to an hour and a half. Nicola says they sweaters don’t impede the hens, and they go about their usual business, just stylishly dressed.
In a world full of unpleasant things, we can take comfort in knowing that someone has gotten on the problem of chilly chickens. Reality series, anyone?