I think a lot more people are now keeping chickens for either the eggs or the meat, and since not all of them have owned chickens before, they don’t know that chickens won’t freeze in the winter (that’s what their feathers are for).
Apparently the internet now has a lot of pictures of chickens wearing sweaters, which started with one woman who knitted sweaters for chickens. I can only imagine how miserable those poor chickens were.
My question is, if dogs and cats, and now chickens, get sweaters, why don’t deer? Why don’t wild turkeys get sweaters for the bitter cold weather to which they haven’t adapted yet? We (don’t) see so very many frozen deer whilst driving through the woods and we wish that we could have supplied them with sweaters to save them from that terrible fate.
Perhaps one day people will realize that animals adapt to the conditions around them. It’s one of the things that something must be able to do in order to be considered alive – to sense changes in their surroundings and respond to those changes. Chickens have under their regular feathers very warm downy feathers.
So don’t worry about your chickens freezing. They’re fine without sweaters.