Collared - Baltimore Sun readers' pets [Pictures]
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PET: We're interested in cats and dogs, but also hamsters, hedgehogs, turtles, horses, chickens -- the whole pet gamut.
Email the following information to email@example.com: pet name, owner name, how you met, pet's age, hometown, breed (or best guess), favorite activity, favorite food, funniest moment or sweetest story. Feel free to add your own creative categories, too -- anything that will shine a light on your pet.
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Fluffy( Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun photo / December 30, 2013 )
Kristen and Paul Sayan have owned chickens at their Hunt Valley home for several years. They enjoy fresh eggs and a nice animal-caretaking experience for their three children. But when they went to replace two hens that had died two years ago, they had no idea what they were in for.
"We quickly chose a beautiful, young brown hen we named Alice," says Kristen Sayan. Alice, though, turned out to be a rooster and was called Alice Cooper until he chased one of her children and was replaced with a new hen. And they also chose a young Silkie hen they christened Fluffy because that breed of hen is known for its fluffy and soft plumage.
Blind in one eye from an infection early in life, Fluffy lives large with the Sayans. "She is extremely friendly and tolerates being carried around constantly," says Sayan. And when three larger chickens ganged up on her once too often, she got her own apartment in the family's detached garage, where she made friends with Coco the bunny -- another pet.
Fluffy has also become the family's biggest egg producer, laying five to seven eggs per week and continuing to lay long into the fall, when their other chickens stop for the year. Her brown eggs have an unusual pink tone to them and, says Sayan, are delicious. But she's also spoiled by the family, and enjoys bits of muffin, cupcake, and grapes as special treats. And she's a tolerant model, posing for photos with the Sayans' children and offering great company along with the freshest breakfast in town.
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