3D Printed Arms for Chickens: Conquering Fears with Fun and Humor

Have you ever been faced with a fear that you just couldn’t shake? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me when I was invited to house and dog sit for friends in Fairbanks, Alaska. Little did I know that along with the dogs, I would also have to care for their chickens. Now, I’ve never been a fan of these peculiar creatures with their dinosaur-like feet. My childhood fear of chickens resurfaced, but this time, I was determined to confront it head-on, with a twist of fun and humor. That’s when the idea struck me – why not create 3D printed arms for the chickens to wear?

Confronting Fear, One Chicken at a Time

Catching a chicken

Before I could start outfitting the chickens with these unique accessories, I had to overcome my fear of touching and holding them. Catching a chicken turned into quite the adventure, but I managed to overcome my apprehension and face my fear.

A chicken wearing 3D printed arms that hold a sword and axe

Once I had a chicken in my grasp, I carefully attached the 3D printed arms. One particular hen, whom I affectionately named “Lady,” strutted around with style, wearing her new “armed chicken arms” for a grand total of eight seconds before flinging them into the dirt. But for those brief moments, she exuded fierceness.

An Alaskan chicken wearing 3D printed Hulk arms

Another chicken, Ruby, seemed genuinely excited to show off her new Hulk-themed 3D printed arms to her coop friends. She chased them around the pen, flexing her newfound strength. Overall, it was a unique and successful way for me to conquer my fear of chickens. The rest of my Alaska chicken adventure went smoothly, and we even celebrated with a chicken dance after we discovered five eggs in a single day!

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Make sure to check out the video below to witness Lady and Ruby testing out their new 3D printed arms!

Making the 3D Printed Arms for Chickens

Green 3D Printed Hulk arms for Chickens

As I delved into this unprecedented endeavor, I was thrilled to discover that there were already several designs available for 3D printed chicken arms on Thingiverse. The hardest part was deciding which designs to bring to life! Eventually, I settled on the incredible Hulk arms design by Rene Gutierrez. Using my trusted Ultimaker S3 and 3D Universe Terrafillum green PLA, I recreated these arms flawlessly.

3D printed arms with a samurai sword and kitchen axe for chickens

Additionally, I chose the “Armed Chicken Arms” design from Max Forge on Thingiverse, paired with a samurai sword and a kitchen axe as the weapons of choice. To ensure the arms survived the journey to Alaska, I printed them with Ultimaker Tough PLA in white. To add a touch of flair, I painted the sleeves and weapons with basic acrylic paint. While I knew they wouldn’t be used again after the video was filmed, it was worth it for the sheer enjoyment of the project.

While I had a blast with this unique endeavor, it still didn’t quite measure up to the joy of making custom seed cakes for my squirrel friends and throwing them a tea party. Nevertheless, if you’re interested in exploring even more fascinating designs for 3D printed chicken arms, head on over to Thingiverse. And if you’ve already created your own, we would love for you to share your videos and photos with us! After all, I’m incredibly grateful that chickens don’t actually have real arms…

FAQs

1. Are 3D printed chicken arms safe for the chickens?

Absolutely! The 3D printed arms are designed with the chicken’s safety in mind. They are lightweight and attach securely without causing any harm or discomfort.

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2. Can I make my own custom designs for chicken arms?

Definitely! 3D printing allows for endless creativity. Feel free to let your imagination run wild and design unique arms for your feathery friends.

3. Are there any limitations to using 3D printed arms for chickens?

While 3D printed arms can be a fun and entertaining addition, it’s important to remember that they are not intended for long-term use. Use them sparingly and ensure that they don’t hinder the chicken’s natural movements or cause any distress.

Conclusion

Confronting fears can be a daunting task, but by adding some fun and humor, it becomes an adventure of its own. Through 3D printed arms, I conquered my childhood fear of chickens and turned it into a delightful experience. By exploring the endless possibilities of 3D printing, we can bring joy, laughter, and even a sense of empowerment to the world of cooking and beyond. So let’s embrace creativity and embark on exciting journeys, one unique project at a time.

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