A North-east wildlife sanctuary is appealing for knitters to help keep their brood of featherless chickens warm this winter.
The custom-made winter woollies will help keep the chooks at the New Arc near Ellon toasty.
The Ellon wildlife refuge rescued 110 commercial hens in November, preventing them from being culled by their egg-producer owners.
Owners Keith and Pauline Marley are currently caring for 60 of the birds after finding homes for their other feathered friends.
Keith said: “They were in a real state when they arrived here. Many were completely featherless, so we started looking up knitting patterns for them.”
All the chickens are currently being housed inside or in outside bird houses after the bird-flu 30-day restriction came into place.
The sanctuary covers a 10-acre site and houses 350 creatures at any given time, recently saving two orphaned otters named Dee and Don.
For details or to find the knitting pattern please go to www.thenewarc.org