Cheep thrills

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

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