I made a little sweater for a rescued battery cage hen (more info below). Here it is on my hand:
And here it is on a hen recipient!
It was a bit big, as you can see, so I'm working on several more, which are smaller. Thanks to Laura T. for the photos, and to Sarah R. for delivering the sweater to Cedar Row!
If you don't know what "battery cage hen" means, these are the types of hens who produce the vast majority of the eggs you'll see in the grocery store. They live unimaginably awful lives in cramped battery cages inside warehouses, piled on top of one another and without enough room to even spread their wings. After their bodies have been pushed to the breaking point, they're killed when they're about a year old, because they've been so depleted that they can no longer produce enough eggs to be economically preferable by the egg corporations.
Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary, a family-run rescue located about an hour and a half west of Toronto, takes in as many of these "spent" hens as they can, and the hens are allowed to live out the many remaining years of their natural lifespans in peace. Their feathers will slowly grow back, but during the cold winters, they need as much extra help as they can get. If you're interested in making a sweater, please let me know and I'll let you know what alterations I made to this pattern. You can also make fleece sweaters, if you're not a knitter!
If you are going to continue eating eggs (especially factory farmed ones), I strongly urge you to watch this video produced by Mercy for Animals, and to then decide whether this is something to which you want to contribute. It's difficult to watch, but important.