Introduction: Chicken Emulator From a Paper Cup

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Easy to make, fun for the whole family and guaranteed not to leave chicken poo all over your back yard.
This is my second ever instructable and my first entry in a competition. If you think that this is fun then please vote for my entry. Thanks.

Step 1: Ingredients

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- 1 paper cup (a recycled coffee cup is good)
- 1 piece of string about 40 to 50cm long. Baking twine is suitable, but I will be using cord that was cut off an old parachute as I can't find the baking twine. Anything thin with a bit of texture should work.
- 1 household cleaning sponge

- 1 pair of scissors
- 1 sharp pointy thing (kitchen skewer)
- A little bit of water

Optional Extras
- glue, paint, pens, paper and googly craft eyes to decorate it.

Step 2: Buy and Drink a Coffee

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Walk in to your local coffee shop.
Wait in line.
When it is your turn order a takeaway coffee.
Wait for the coffee to be made.
Add sugar to taste.
Drink the coffee.
Keep the cup.
Go home and continue onto step #2.

Step 3: Poke a Hole and Tie a Knot

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Turn the cup upside down (make sure that you have finished drinking your coffee first - see step 1).
Using your sharp pointy thing, poke a small hole in the centre of the bottom of the cup.
Thread the string through and make a knot to hold it firm.
The string should extend through the inside of the cup.

Step 4: Cut the Sponge and Tie It On.

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 Cut a small piece off the sponge - about 2 x 4 cm should be fine.
Tie the loose end of the string tightly around the middle of the sponge.

Step 5: Chicken Simulation Mode

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 Dampen the sponge with a little water.
Hold the cup firmly in one hand so that the string and sponge hang down.
With the other hand take the sponge and pinch the top of the string with it.
Slide the sponge down the string using a combination of jerking and smooth downward pulls.
You should now be hearing a chicken-like noise coming from the cup.

Step 6: Optional - Decorate the Thing to Look Like a Chook

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Optional Decoration Ideas
Paint the cup yellow
Stick or draw on...
- a beak
- a comb
- wings
- eyes
and anything else that you feel a paper cup chicken should have.

If you don't want to do the painting and gluing then draw a chicken on a bit of paper, cut it out and stick it on.


stocky (author)2011-02-14

Epic :)

incorrigible packrat (author)2010-07-10

Oh man! I gotta try this with a KFC bucket, or maybe a washtub...

djsfantasi (author)2010-05-06

Love it!

Useful folio method. I can see several of these backstage of a stage produciton of "The Rainmaker" for effect...

waynevanwijk (author)djsfantasi2010-05-06

I am not familiar with the term 'folio method'. A quick internet search brought up Patrick Tucker and methods of performing Shakespeare.  I am still in the dark as to it's meaning.
If using as a backstage sound effect you may want to make a few out of different cups (sizes and materials) to give a better depth of sound.

floryzzz (author)2010-04-16

 a chicken emulator rofl


thecheatscalc (author)2010-04-14

Have to say, from the title, I had no idea what the heck this was, but, awesome sounding chicken noise! Pretty good noisemaker!

lasersage (author)2010-04-14

how many eggs a year does she lay?

Teensy Doodles (author)2010-04-13

My first thought to this instructable; ohyeah, how DO you make chickens not poo in your backyard?  But still, this is cool;P

 I suppose that you could use the string to tie the cup underneath yourchickens tail. That would collect the poo and stop it getting all over your yard. I wonder if this counts as another instructable?

troseph (author)2010-04-13

fun. I wonder how my chickens will react.

localtalent (author)troseph2010-04-13


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