Knit A Jumper For A Chilly Chicken

chilly chickensAt least twice a year Raystede (where Miranda volunteers) rescues ex-egg laying chickens who would otherwise be sent to slaughter at the tender age of 72 weeks.  Unfortunately, these girls have had it rough and some of them arrive with very few feathers intact.  So, at this time of year, they are very chilly and need a little help keeping warm until their feathers grow back.

So, if you feel like doing something lovely with your spare time and spare yarn, why not make some chicken-knits?

STOP PRESS:  Thankfully Raystede received so many chicken knits after they put out an appeal on local television that they’ve got all they need at the moment and they’ve taken the downloadable pattern down, so before you put yarn to needle, contact them to ask if they need any more, or find out if any other sanctuaries need them 🙂

And if you’d really like to do this but don’t know how to knit, there’s a couple of brilliant videos below to get you started:

For right handed knitters:

And for the left handed:

41 thoughts on “Knit A Jumper For A Chilly Chicken

  1. this is a lovely idea, I am madly knitting the jumpers at the moment, I would love to get a crochet pattern for the flouncy chicken jumper, my daughter rescues ex battery hens, she has just saved 4000 this lot I have tried to find other knitters but people just want the chickens no one wants to knit

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    • I’m sorry you haven’t had many takers, if you give me the details of who needs the jumpers I could add it to this post if you like – you never know, it might help 🙂 although I’ve just discovered that the pattern is no longer available to download from Raystede so if you’ve got a pattern I could include with your plea that would be great. In fact, if you want to do this I could re-do this post for you 🙂

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  3. we had three lovely ladies living with us. they were free range in the back garden during the day. tucked up in the hen house for evenings. they started laying the 2nd day we had them in october. never missed a day. the best eggs we ever had were from our rescue girls and we didn’t even have to ask them…. i think it is so very kind and sane that you care for them.

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    • It is such a wonderful privilege to care for chickens isn’t it? They are so full of personality, character, mischief and friendship 🙂 We used to have some who would pinch things from the laundry basket and run off round the garden with them – sometimes I was able to retrieve them but the girls were very fast so not always 😉

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        • I know what you mean. We had lots of red ex-battery chickens and two large white rescued broiler chickens. The white girls, Snow White and Rose Red, were the gentlest, softest characters ever and they became particular friends with one of the oldest red hens, Mrs Teapot. When Mrs Teapot died she was inside with me as I had been trying to keep her comfortable as she faded away. I wanted Snow and Rose to understand what had happened to her so I brought her body back outside and laid it on the grass. With the other hens going about their business as usual, Snow and Rose sat down next to Mrs Teapot and stayed with her all afternoon. It was very touching indeed, those beautiful girls ❤

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  4. I am going to read blog of this as it is so precious I cannot do otherwise.
    FYI – this marks the only moment in my life in which I ever regretted not knowing how to knit.

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