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DIY Doll Chickens, Eggs and Coop - Summer On The Farm 2019

It’s nearly impossible to think of farm life without the chicken coming to mind! Roosters have been known to wake farmers up in the with morning their loud crows, while the hens provide us with delicious eggs. You might be familiar with chickens already thanks to a meal of scrambled eggs every so often, or perhaps you even have a few feathered friends of your own. 



There are so many options when it comes to choosing chickens for your flock. Various sizes and feather coloring allow for many different beautiful breeds. Orpingtons, one of the friendliest chicken breeds, are large and fully-feathered with solid colored plumage. Other types such as Barred Rocks and Dominiques sport feathers with black and white stripes, creating a barred look— hence the name! And of course, we just can’t talk about chickens without mentioning the Silkie, owned by Blaire Wilson herself! Silkies are known for their fluffy appearance, and they’re covered from head-to-toe in soft feathers. This breed is one of the cutest, not to mention cuddly.



Chickens are just as colorful as the eggs they lay. Depending on the breed, shell colors range from white, chocolate brown, and tan, sometimes even blue and green! Eggs can also be speckled, making each one unique. Upon cracking the egg, bright gold or orange yolk indicates that the hen is very healthy. However, no matter what the myth says, the color of the shell does not affect the taste. All eggs are the same on the inside, full of protein and natural goodness.


Though chickens can’t communicate through speech like we do, they do have their own language of clucks and calls. Roosters will make rapid, short clucks to announce they’ve found a tasty treat, while mother hens will also repeat the same call to help young baby chicks find food. Did you know that a hen will squawk loudly before or after she lays an egg? Most farmers call this the “egg song”, and once a hen starts, other chickens will join in the singing. I have thirteen laying hens of my own, so we get to hear this chorus pretty often!


Now that you know a little bit more about one of the most egg-celent farm animals, let’s help your doll prepare for her new flock! 


Materials:


Coop

  • Foam Board

  • Wooden Blocks

  • Plastic Netting (from fruit bags, potato bags) OR tulle

  • Xacto Knife or cutting tool

  • Hot Glue Gun

  • Chicken Coop Template

  • Scrapbook Paper (Optional)

  • School Glue Stick (Optional)

  • Chicken Coop Template

  • Measurements List


Eggs

  • White Sculpey clay or Air-dry Clay

  • Paintbrush

  • Brown, soft blue, and dusty green paint (Optional)



Chickens

  • Felt (White, Brown, Black)

  • Large pom poms (2.5 in) and small pom poms (1.5 in) *These will need to be the same color as your felt

  • Googly eyes or black beads

  • Cardstock or construction paper (Red, Yellow,)

  • Pom Pom Chicken Template

  • Scrapbook paper

  • Chicken Coop Template



Instructions for the Coop



1. Using the measurements list as a guide, begin by cutting out all of the foam board pieces needed for the coop. Cutting perfect angles can be hard, so I’ve created printable templates to make this step a bit easier. Paint the various pieces any color of your choice, or cover them with scrapbook paper.



2. Cut a 7x5 inch rectangle in the middle of the right side piece. * Crafter's Tip: Place your ruler on top of the piece and line your ruler up with the edges of the side piece. Then trace around the ruler to create straight lines. Cut a 8x6 inch square of fruit netting. If your netting is a bright color like mine was, you can paint or spray paint it black to resemble chicken wire. On the back of the right side piece, hot glue the fruit netting.




3. Cut a 5 1/2 by 3 3/4 inch square approximately 1 inch from the bottom of the left wall.




4. Next, we need to assemble the nesting box before adding it to the coop. Glue the sides to the front piece as shown above, the attach the base of the box.

Attach the nesting box to your coop with hot glue.



6. Assemble the coop by gluing the two side walls to the base. *Crafter's Tip: Notice how the two sides are glued to the base as shown in the picture above. Attaching the pieces in the wrong way can throw off the measurements, so take extra care with the following steps.



7. Glue the front and back piece on each side of the coop frame.



8. Secure the right roof piece to the coop with hot glue.




9. Cut a 10x2 inch strip of cardstock and fold it in half. Glue the piece halfway onto the right roof piece. Position the left roof piece on the coop frame, then glue the remainder of the strip to the piece. Now the roof can open and close for play!



5. Repeating the same process used for the roof, cut a 6x2 inch strip of cardstock and fold it in half. Glue the strip halfway onto the nesting box lid. Position the lid on top of the nesting box, then glue the remainder of the strip onto the side of the coop. This will allow your doll to open the lid when collecting eggs!



10. Paint each wooden block the color of your choice. Glue two wooden blocks together, then glue the attached blocks on the underside corners of the coop.



11. Paint and decorate your coop as you wish. You can add shingles on the roof instead of scrapbook paper, or stickers to embellish the walls. Don't forget to include the door ramp for the chickens to walk in and out their coop! A little creativity is all you need to spruce up your feathered friends' home.



Instructions for the Chickens



1. To start making your chicken, cut out the comb, beak, feet, and wing template from our Chicken Template printable. Trace the foot and beak on yellow paper, and the comb on red paper. Trace the wing on white felt. Cut out all pieces.



2. Hot glue the comb onto the smallest pom pom.



3. Cut a small triangle out of yellow paper. Gently curve the triangle on the sides, then glue in the center of the pom pom below the comb. Depending on how you want your chicken’s eyes to look, you can use googly eyes for a goofy effect, or black beads for a cute face.




5. Glue the chicken feet to the big pom pom. Add a dot of hot glue on the front end of the wing, then press firmly onto the pom pom. This allows your chicken’s wings to stay in or out.



7. Attach the head to the body with hot glue. Make sure to press firmly!

Your doll chicken is now complete!



To make a Silkie chicken, trace the feet and beak on black paper. Glue a cotton ball or extra pom pom on top of the chicken's head.



Instruction for the Eggs



1. Roll a small portion of white clay into a ball.



2. Gently shape a tip at one end of the ball to resemble an egg. Having a doll nearby can be helpful when trying to determine the right size for your egg.


Bake or let your clay air dry. If you’re using an oven, remember to ask an adult!



4. Paint the clay light brown or white. Use a toothpick to add speckles to your egg for a realistic look. You can even paint the eggs blue or green like the ones Ameraucana and Olive Eggers lay.


Your dolls are now proud owners of their own fabulous flock!



Today, Blaire's flock of chickens are exploring their new home!



To "thank" Blaire for her creativity and hard work, an abundance of eggs were laid in the nesting boxes this morning.



Oh, look! There's Henrietta on the nest. Better close the lid, Blaire. This hen appears to be very busy!



While some of the hens explore the yard, a few have gathered inside to peek out the chicken wire window.



And of course, we can't forget Blaire's favorite chicken, Dandelion the Silkie!



Tour My Coop


Since today's crafts are all about chickens, we have a special feature for our campers. I'd like to introduce you to my own flock of chickens!



In early spring of last year, a group of baby chicks arrived at our local feed store. Right away I found myself head over heels for them! After many hours of research and planning, my parents agreed to let me have a flock of my own.


A Barred Rock chick in 2018.

At last in May of 2018, I embarked on my adventure of chicken-keeping! The tiny chicks were welcomed to their new home in our backyard.



The "coop cabin" was built using recycled materials from our house, and as of this time, 13 chickens reside here: 6 Buttercup hens (yellow speckle), 6 Barred Rock hens (black and white), and 1 Buttercup rooster.



The Barred Rock hens are the calmest of the bunch, but also the more dominant. Buttercup hens tend to be shy and timid.



The hens spend most of their daylight hours outside, scratching for bugs and treats or dust bathing.



Occasionally, I will catch a few chickens perched on the tree roost my brother built!



I can't lie— I do spoil my chickens! They enjoy fresh rose petals, lettuce, or broccoli nearly every day. Three hens were especially excited as my sister fed them leftover squash.



While I love the hens, the sweetest member of the flock is my boy, Willie. Isn't he the cutest?! Believe it or not, Willie has never attempted to attack people. He even allows me to stroke his shiny feathers!



Willie was actually the inspiration for one of my photo stories on the blog (Lottie and the Lovebirds). He's always the last to eat, and the first to protect the hens from anything he perceives as danger. I'm so blessed to have a rooster like him!



You're probably wondering what the inside of the coop looks like... Well, it's just like most coops— full of dust and droppings, ha ha!



Several nesting boxes are on the left side of the coop, where I gather nearly nine eggs per day.



I hope you enjoyed looking at the chickens up close! While you may not have chickens of your own, you can join in on the feathery fun with our last activity of the day.



Click on the image above to print out a special coloring page of Blaire and her chickens! We love to see our camper's artwork, so submit your finished drawing to be feature in the Farm Flashback.



Farm Finds

  • Baby chicks - Hobby Lobby

  • Flowers and flower pots - Hobby Lobby

  • Shrubs - Hobby Lobby

  • Blaire's egg basket - Hobby Lobby


Agriculture Alternatives


When crafting, improvise and create using what works best for YOU! At the end of each camp craft, we'll be sharing ideas for alternative materials.


  • Instead of building a coop out of foam board, cover a shoe box with scrapbook paper and cut square holes for openings.

  • Use decorative eggs from craft stores rather than clay.



Camp posts will be shared on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week.


If you complete a craft or want to share a photo of your doll at camp, snap a picture and send it in, OR share on Instagram using the hashtag #DollFarmCamp2019 to be featured in the Farm Flashback each Sunday!

Email: americangirldollcrafter@gmail.com





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