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Somerset knitters make jumpers for bald chickens

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Former battery hens which have lost their feathers are being knitted jumpers by a Somerset craft club to keep them warm.

The knitwear will be donated to Little Hen Rescue in Norwich, a not-for-profit organisation which re-homes the hens.

Battery hens, which are not bred for meat, are normally sold for slaughter after one year, when they start producing fewer eggs.

The rescue centre buys them and then offers them as pets as an alternative.

Will Glennon reports.

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