I was perusing Etsy this morning and found the craziest product that I'll probably never need. Chicken sweaters!
Mind you, just because I'll probably never need a sweater for my chicken (because I don't own a chicken) doesn't make chicken sweaters weird. I mean, this could be the absolute best, most perfect, cutest, totally practical invention for chickens ever, something that any well-dressed clucker would rather go to the soup kettle than live without. It's just new to me because "dressing a chicken" is a phrase I thought belonged exclusively in the kitchen. Now I know better.
So, is this a novelty item for pet chickens or is it something that savvy chicken owners crow about? (Sorry.) I didn't really know, so I did some research.
chicken sweaters featured here (they're available in three sizes and your choice of a whole bunch of colors) says in her product description, "I love pictures of my chickens in their sweaters, it's fun!" I love the pictures, too, and had a lot of fun browsing through them again and again. (I think I'm getting addicted.) Based on the positive feedback from her customers, she sells a lot of these and people truly love them.
But, again, are they practical? Are they necessary? Do chickens really need sweaters? To find out for sure, I googled it (of course I did) and you know what I found? Dozens of pictures of chickens in sweaters! It was a virtual peep show! (Sorry again.) I also found Mother Nature Network and her answer to the burning question, "Does your chicken need a sweater?"
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Of course, the "just say no to chicken sweaters" crowd (they make some good points) declare that chickens have survived for centuries without sweaters and that most do just fine by ruffling what feathers they have and snuggling up in bunches to keep warm.
click this link for a huge selection of the most adorable crocheted and knitted chicken sweaters you'll ever see. Prefer to make your own? Here's an easy crocheted chicken sweater pattern with an instant download so you can get busy right away making sweaters yourself to properly dress your own flock.
So tell me, are chicken sweaters new to you? Does your chicken wear a sweater? Would it if you had a chicken? I'd really like to know!