I would have the kids paint a paper yellow for the texture, before collaging it for the chick. I do like using the feathers too. It would be good for teaching the difference between simulated and actual texture.
Torn Paper Owlets - We began by drawing the owl step-by-step and ripping brown paper to create the owl's feathers. Ripping the paper was a great way to work on fine motor skill development. The students practiced cutting by tracing two cups for the yellow