Chicken-keeping has become more and more popular in urban and suburban areas, thanks to a new emphasis on local and more ethically-sourced food in our culture. That’s good. But what happens when your chickens wander outside of the confines of their coop and your lawn and encounter traffic? Don’t worry: neon safety vests for chickens are a thing now.
This is not a parody item. It’s available for real, from a retailer called Omlet in the United Kingdom. They offer a wide variety of products for chicken keepers, most of which are very practical. You know, leg bands, dust baths, ointments for pecking injuries.
Then there are the jackets, which you can’t even put on your chicken once and leave permanently. “Please note, the High-Vis Chicken Jacket is not suitable as pyjamas – please remove at night,” the catalog helpfully warns.