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Adult coloring book craze

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From book stores to the grocery store, just about everywhere you look these days there are adult coloring books on the shelves.
And as Gina Bullard reports, some of them are actually made in Vermont.

When Sarah Rosedahl moved to Vermont, she knew she wanted to have chickens. What the former software engineer didn't know was that she'd be so inspired by the feathery creatures that she would start drawing them.  "I think they're whimsical and funny,"  Rosedahl said.

She wrote and illustrated "Chickens! Illustrated Chicken Breeds A to Z" Then she decided to let other people tap into their creative side and self-published an adult coloring book of the fowl --  "Difficult Chickens."  "They're really beautiful to paint -- they're colorful, but they're really funny I think to watch. They have a lot of different expressions. They always look surprised," Rosedahl said.

Enthusiasts say adult coloring is therapeutic and egg-cellent for relieving stress. Sales of the eclectic books have skyrocketed. In January Rosedahl sold 600 of her chicken coloring books online.  She's working on her next adult coloring book -- fiber animals. "I've heard people think it's really meditative and relaxing, but it's also really social -- there are a lot of coloring groups starting," Rosedahl said.

Her art is becoming so popular it's even showing up on barn shoes. This reporter hasn't really colored since I was five so I had to give these chickens a shot.

Reporter Gina Bullard: I never really stayed in the lines much so we'll see how this goes.

It's not hard to be mesmerized by the lines and the colors. The whole process just consumes you.

Reporter Gina Bullard:  Might not go back to work -- just sit and do this all day.

"For a lot of people who don't think they're creative, they're realizing they are," Rosedahl said.

Putting some extra emphasis on doodle -- in cockadoodledoo.

Pleasing fowl enthusiasts and coloring fanatics alike with coloring books that are Made in Vermont.

The chicken coloring books cost $10. You can get them online and at local bookstores around the state.

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