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« on: April 09, 2010 03:46:03 PM »




Hi all,

I hope it's ok to post this here but I just read an article about this in a magazine and it melted me a little bit so I thought I'd post it in case any knit-a-holics have a desire to make these jumpers (I'm learning to knit at the moment and this has given me the motivation to carry on with that  Smiley ).

A group of knitters meet up to make jumpers for battery hens who need a bit of extra warmth while their feathers grow back, and have also asked for people to make the jumpers and send them through to them.

You can find out a bit more about it part way down this page:

http://www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk/

And the pattern and address to send the jumpers to is here:

http://www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk/PubContent/Docs/chicken%20Pattern%20.pdf

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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2010 03:59:03 PM »

Awesome. I don't knit but I love it! Animal do-good-ery and birds in sweaters. what can be better.

And if you are like me this might help:

"Battery hens are laying hens who are confined in battery cages for the duration of their short lives. A number of factors combine to make the battery cage environment extremely uncomfortable for such hens, and some animal rights  organizations have vigorously protested the practice of keeping hens in such cages. Most eggs in the market are produced by battery hens, unless the packaging on the carton explicitly states otherwise."
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2010 04:07:40 PM »

oh gosh how cute!! wish I knew how to knit!
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2010 04:10:03 PM »

Thanks for posting that explanation of what a battery hen actually is (didn't think of that!)  Smiley

The conditions they live in can cause a lot of health problems (including loss of feathers) - so these jumpers help them to keep a bit more snug.

There is more info about the work the rescue centre do here:

http://littlehenrescue.co.uk/default.aspx

Although I should warn that there are some sad pictures there and I'm now considering adopting some chickens of my very own  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2010 01:43:04 AM »

They have a jacket pattern made from fleece on that Little Hen rescue link too, which is great if you're pants at knitting like me  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2010 07:37:20 AM »

This is so wonderful! Thank you for letting us know about battery hens and how we can help.
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2010 09:32:06 AM »

I would love to see a bunch of hens running around wearing these jumpers.

So awesome!
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2010 05:47:09 AM »

I had a look at the website as i was interested to help out but it actually says they are not looking to receive more jumpers as they have plenty.

http://littlehenrescue.co.uk/Hensandtheirjumpers.aspx
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2010 11:53:38 PM »

This is fantastic! I'm definitely going to share this with my stitch and bitch group when we meet this week. I've got a couple of backyard hens that can try on the chicken sweaters before we donate them. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2010 02:55:16 PM »

I have that website bookmarked Smiley  The UK sanctuary may have plenty of jumpers, but I'm sure there are hundreds more that would welcome them!    Chicken Run Rescue is an awesome sanctuary in urban Minneapolis, and their website ( http://www.brittonclouse.com/chickenrunrescue/#ABOUT ) has a lot of good information if anyone is interested in helping or just learning more about abused chickens.   I am actually planning on creating a sanctuary myself within a few years, there is definitely a HUGE need for more people to help and educate others on battery cages and factory farmed chickens, as these birds are, collectively, the most abused species on the planet.

For more information and videos of investigations: http://www.mercyforanimals.org/
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