Chicken Breeds Puzzle 
by Guest Writer Roberta Shore

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Popular Chicken Breeds

Ribbon Cut (Pieces are traditional shape but wonky) 500 Pieces
Finished Dimensions: 29” x 15”

Chicken Breeds Puzzle - Roberta's Review

Popular Chicken Breeds

Ribbon Cut (Pieces are traditional shape but wonky) 500 Pieces
Finished Dimensions: 29” x 15”

Popular Chicken Breeds

Ribbon Cut (Pieces are traditional shape but wonky) 500 Pieces
Finished Dimensions: 29” x 15”

My Confident Newbie Difficulty Level: Easy

“Learn something new everyday.” Today I learned about popular chickens. Of course I had to google “unpopular chicken breeds.” I learned about rare, unusual, unfamiliar, and weird ones, but no info would commit to chickens being unpopular. But I digress.

Today I pieced together an unusual puzzle. Chicken breeds, really? Of course I had to have it! And it was fast and really fun!

Quality: Fairly loose piece fit. I tried to pick up the completed puzzle - that did not go well. Otherwise, there were no big issues. The somewhat sturdy box is large and shallow, inside there was only the sealed bag of pieces, no poster. The full illustration is on the box top, color match to pieces was fine. There was no puzzle dust. The pieces have a slight sheen. They are a nice thickness, solid and larger than average. None were damaged in any way, none were together uncut, and none were missing.

Getting started: Find the edge pieces and sort by color. I did a general sort, focusing on each of the chickens, the large signage, the background pieces that had some hint of chicken color, those that were plain, and all the text. I built the frame and refined the pile of text by breed. You might need a magnifying glass to read the small text on the box top illustration.

Construction: I started with the large text at the bottom then worked my way up each side. The frame offered a good amount of information, especially on the bottom and left side. The chickens’ coats were pretty distinctive except for the five that had blue tail feathers. I had sorted a mix of some blue feathers in one tray, so that took time to work out, but otherwise building the chickens was easy. The text paragraphs easily fit in where they belonged. Finally I filled in the remaining background pieces. The completed puzzle makes a statement, not only for it’s content, but for it’s unusual size.

Final thoughts: Five hundred piece puzzles are not necessarily easy, but this one will be, I believe, no matter your style. For me, it was the sorting that made it go together so quickly. I’ve been puzzling for a bit over a year now. Typically, I’m really slow. So, this puzzle just surprised me. Also, I have not changed my precise sorting style. It is not my favorite part, but it makes for a more satisfying, and hopefully fun build. That was definitely the result for this one! Plus, oh gosh, I learned so much about chickens.

My grades: Quality A-, Fun Factor A++


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