The idea was hatched late last year during a holiday craft sale held by a knitting club at the Fuller Village senior living community in Milton, Massachusetts. One of the visitors was Erica Max, the program director for the nearby Wakefield Estate, an educational facility for school kids which also happens to be home to around two dozen chickens.
"We got into a conversation about the chickens being cold because they were molting. When they molt, they lose their feathers, and end up being in serious peril if it gets really cold," Max told The Dodo. "So, one thing led to another, and they volunteered to knit our chickens some sweaters."