We finally got everything finished and have installed our 2 chickens in their house. Mr W named them Itchy and Scratchy not only because they are scratching around all day long and adjusting their plumage but because he liked the names from the Simpsons - not that he has regularly watched the show - he doesn't need that type of role modelling, but he has seen it once or twice.
I remember seeing some chicken inspired temari being showcased on temarikai a while back and now that I have looked closely at some real chickens I can see the inspiration. Click the link above to see the pattern by Karin Karlsson.
I am hopeful of getting enough stitching done soon to be able to show off something temari related.