Tiny animals are adorable, but tiny animals in knitted sweaters— that’s almost too much. Nicola Congdon, a 25-year-old woman in England, has been helping her chickens adjust to the temperature change by knitting them wool sweaters. Now how cute is that?
According to Mashable, 30 of her 60 chickens are battery hens, which do not have many feathers and don’t do well in cooler temps. And I think this whole sweater thing is a genius solution. The knits will certainly keep them warmer, but it will also make them quite fashionable to boot.
“It’s important to make people aware of the poor conditions the hens live in and the fact that they have no feathers when they are retired,” Congdon said to Mashable. “The tank tops are also something really different that provide some fun for the chickens. They keep them warm and makes the chickens easy to identify.”
Now, people dress their animals all of the time, but this clothing has a specific purpose, and that makes it all the better.
Not to mention, “The chickens absolutely love them,” she told U.K. newswire SWNS. For safety reasons, she doesn’t leave the chickens unattended in the sweaters, she said. But, when monitored, the chickens are perfectly content in their knits. So, clearly, these are a hit.
Apparently, people have really responded well to the chicken sweaters because chicken owners from all over have contacted Congdon to have her make tiny clothes for their animals, too.
Instead of selling the sweaters for a profit, Congdon is donating proceeds to Project Primrose, an orphanage in Africa. So, this clothing has two good causes: keeping chickens warm and going to a good cause on top of that. Not only are they adorable— they’re for a good purpose, and it doesn’t get much better than that.