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Chicken Jackets Class Up Rescued Birds (PHOTOS)

10/25/2013 04:43 pm ET | Updated Nov 20, 2013

Even chickens are not immune to the winter cold.

After rescuing two chickens from a battery farm, one couple in the U.K. needed to come up with a way to keep their new pets from freezing in their backyard over the next few months. So Trevor and Samantha Stickley enlisted a tailor in Bournemouth to fashion jackets for their chickens, Margo and Valerie.

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Sam Old, manager of the Zip Yard, measures Margo the chicken for her specially made jacket in Bournemouth, U.K. (Bournemouth News/REX USA)

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Old shows the pattern used to create the chicken coats alongside completed jackets.
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Margo and Valerie try on their specially made jackets. Now that's some serious #chickenswag. (Bournemouth News/REX USA)

Despite the eccentricity of the request, a tailor shop called the Zip Yard was not deterred and managed to create two chicken-sized jackets.

"We have never worked with animals before and it was the weirdest request we have received but we were happy to help," a spokesman for the Zip Yard said, according to the Bournemouth Echo. "They were our most bizarre customers but they [were] very well behaved."

While the handcrafted coats might not be as flashy as High-Vis (short for high visibility) chicken vests made by British retailer Omelet, the jackets will help the rescued hens stay toasty during the chilly winter.

In the U.S., an estimated 280 million hens are used to produce eggs each year. While some egg-laying hens are given free range to move around, the vast majority of chickens are held in tight battery cages and subjected to cruel conditions. Since such a high number of egg farms cage their chickens, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recommends that consumers avoid buying eggs or try egg alternatives.

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