Finally, the CHICKEN MUMMY!

Or as my husband likes to call it, the undead chicken.



So, this chicken has been sitting mummifying on my counter for about a month now.  Actually, at the point I’m writing this, it’s now been sitting mummified for 2 weeks.

First, we started off with a very serious lecture about following directions and the serious consequences of not following, as in you don’t get to help anymore.



Then we took the chicken out of the salt/baking soda/baking powder mix, and started wiping it down.  I pounded on it a bunch to get the mixture out of its’ cavity, and it took a lot of paper towels to get all of that off.  Now usually I’ll use towels for messes, but this was one I didn’t want to be throwing in the wash with everything else.  For some strange reason…..



Then we lightly brushed on oil that had some herbs soaking in it.  They of course all had to take turns, but I’ll spare you pictures of each kid trying it out.

Afterwards we patted it dry again with a paper towel.




Then the kids quite happily tore up more paper towels and stuffed the cavity of the chicken while also putting in some spices.  There were a few arguments about who got to put in what spices (which were basically the whole spices I’d gotten for a failed 5 senses experiment, my kids so were not going to be blindfolded).



Then they all got to take turns wrapping up the mummy.  We individually wrapped each wing and leg, and I explained that with real mummies they wrapped each foot.  The mummy was wrapped in (real sadness here) some of my favorite muslin fabric, oh the sacrifices I make for my kids.  But, I figured that was better than cartoon character fabric……  The fabric was dipped in a solution of glue and water, the closest we were going to get to resin soaked fabric.


Then they settled in rather impatiently for it to dry after the horrible torture of cleaning up their work.  TORTURE, I say.


And, finally I present to you, the CHICKEN MUMMY OF DOOM.  That has been sitting on my counter for two weeks now, and I really don’t know what to do with it now.  I hate to just throw it away, but at the same time I don’t want to keep it there forever.  I’m sure if I put it outside I’ll collect an interesting assortment of vermin…….


And, if you don’t want to go through the whole process, here’s a few other options for learning about this:

Work of Childhood

Learning Curve

Homeschool Creations

All Things Beautiful (I just linked to her Ancient Egypt section, because it’s cool)

And here’s part 1 and part 2 of our journey, for those who are curious and didn’t see the earlier steps.


And I’m linking this up to Homeschool Creations because I know Jolanthe has been curious how this turned out, actually a lot of you have been, and over to the History Exchange over at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.

14 thoughts on “Finally, the CHICKEN MUMMY!

  1. Wow! So it worked. We tried to do a peeled apple, but it did not turn out. We didn't do all those steps though so that might have been the problem. We just attracted a lot of fruit flies :).

    You are such an awesome mom and teacher to do all these experiments with your children!

  2. Very cool that it worked – you must be very happy about that. My husband would not be happy about a mummified chicken sitting on our counter – he doesn't even like the apple dolls, never mind a chicken.

  3. I tend to be with Leah, I can't decide if it is way cool or disgusting. It is cool it worked for you, but I don't think I could do a chicken on my counter for two weeks, no matter what I did to it.

  4. Wow, can't believe this worked! I think you should make a beautiful box for it like the Egyptian mummy cases, and keep it on display in your living room. Forever.

  5. So cool. Will have to keep this in mind for the future. Right now,I will stick with my frogs and caterpillars or whatever comes next along those lines (although I will draw the line at snakes).

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