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These retirees are knitting sweaters to keep chickens warm in the winter

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These retirees are knitting sweaters to keep chickens warm in the winter

WATCH  |  These retirees are knitting sweaters to keep chickens warm in the winter.

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You've got to be chicken me! 

A group of retirees in Milton, Massachusetts, has started knitting sweaters to help keep chickens warm during the cold winter months. 

The idea was hatched when members of the knitting club at the Fuller Village retirement home found out that certain breeds shed their feathers and grow new plumage during the winter. 

Never thought of it -- that a chicken would wear a sweater.
Rosemary Gelep, Knitting Club Member

Nancy Kearns, the project organizer, said the sweaters help keep the birds at the Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust warm. The nonprofit raises various breeds of chickens for its youth education programs.  

In addition, the project gives people at the retirement home a chance to interact with the local community. 

"We do have a little more time now that we're retired and we use our talents, I guess, in whatever ways they can be used," Kearns said. "We don't wanna be, you know, just sitting in our rocking chairs. We have work to do."

The sweaters come in different shapes, sizes and colors, and seem to be a hit with the birds. 

Estate spokeswoman Erica Max said egg production has increased since the chickens began sporting their new sweaters. 


Someone recently sent Kearns an article about the need for blankets at an elephant refuge in India, but she said that might be a bit too ambitious for the group. 

"Probably not something we're going to do," she said. "But you never know."


Rodrique Ngowi of the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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