Cheep thrills

Ornamental chickens have become trendy house pets, although their popularity has led to a spike in unwanted birds

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On weekday afternoons, when her husband and children are at work, housewife Anne Ang sits by her balcony with her poodle, Mallow, by her side.

Before them, a brood of six silkie chickens bob about in cages, like an adorable screensaver in real time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 25, 2021, with the headline Cheep thrills. Subscribe