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Hand-knit chicken sweaters a winter hit

"I don’t think in my wildest dreams I ever thought anybody made sweaters for chickens," said Barbara Widmayer, 76, who started knitting when she was 15 years old. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) "I don’t think in my wildest dreams I ever thought anybody made sweaters for chickens," said Barbara Widmayer, 76, who started knitting when she was 15 years old. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

MILTON, MA (RNN) - A group of knitters are helping chickens to stay warm this winter.

A knitting club based in a retirement community in suburban Boston often creates scarves and other knitted items for people.

They extended their crafting skill this winter to help cold-hating chickens, including Prince Peep, a rooster native to Malaysia, who has his own Facebook account

The chickens live at the nearby, nonprofit Wakefield Estate, a 23-acre property donated to promote “life-long participatory learning.” 

Chickens that molt or lose their feathers can become more vulnerable to the cold, making chicken sweaters a must-have item.

The club found a pattern for chicken jerseys and transformed it for knitting, the Boston Globe reported.

"I don’t think in my wildest dreams I ever thought anybody made sweaters for chickens," said Barbara Widmayer, 76, who has been knitting since she was 15 years old, the Associated Press reported.

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