So, I followed my own advice from yesterdays post and called my mum.
I don’t often get a useful tidbit of info from her, but I did yesterday and have to share it with you, even if it’s only to document it for future generations.
A couple of years ago, (and after probably about fifty years of having one), my mum found herself without a cat, so she decided to fulfill a life long desire and get herself chickens instead.
I think she started with four or five chickens that she saved from a miserable life of battery farming. But now she is down to only two, due to various reasons which we don’t need to go into.
Of the two remaining, one has been living in her kitchen for the past week, after it contracted some kind of avian bronchitis. “Flower” (as my son named her on our recent visit to grandma’s), is on antibiotics and I think is recovering well.
Having said this, Flower has molted most of her feathers due to the temperate climate in my mum’s kitchen. She must now be re-introduced to the garden and her coop, and my mum, naturally is concerned about the cold.
So, some online research revealed this.
Apparently, a lovely chicken-rescuing lady called Brigitte Hawley from Kent, England, is knitting chicken jumpers, (that's "sweaters” for non-UK readers), to keep her chilly chickens warm this winter. These were originally designed for battery hens, (who are prone to having their feathers pecked out by each other), for when they are rescued and introduced to the free-range world.
At first I laughed and thought this was a ludicrous idea, but upon further research I find it fascinating and really kind of wonderful ….
Therefore, I'm adding to my to do list, “rescue some battery hens and ask my knitting friend Jessica to knit them all jumpers”!