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Many of us are animal lovers and enjoy showering our pets with attention. But there are some folks who pamper their pets beyond limit.

Janet Payne starts her days off in the kitchen-- whipping up a healthy, and nutritious breakfast for her girls.

"I would normally buy a whole cantelope but this was just easier. We might give them that whole tomato this morning since the have company," said Payne.

She has six girls- Henrietta, Gabby, Rosy, Patsy, Loretta and Lilly, and they're all red heads. "They are very spoiled very rotten very doted over."

On the menu, a mixed green salad with an assortment of fresh fruit and veggies. "They like bananas, they love grapes, but those get a little expensive"

She admits her girls can be a little picky. "Normally chickens love watermelons but my turn their little beaks up at it."

No smelly chicken coop for her girls, they live in chicken luxury. "All the walls are insulated... they are well protected."

Her devoted husband built their humble abode, "He thinks they are an expensive habit."

Home improvements are always in the works. "We could play them classical music-- a relaxed chicken lays eggs and a ceiling fan wouldn't hurt either."

That's because nothing is too good for her girls. "Most people do not go to any of this extent, but if say if I am going to have them, I am going to treat them like royalty."

And a happy chicken produces the freshest eggs.

Henrietta has won her heart. For months, Henrietta stayed inside while Payne nursed her back to health, but she had to wear her chicken diaper around the house. "All chickens should have one!"

She's mastered the art of putting on the chicken diaper, and she's even figured out a few tricks. "If you put a coffee filter in it makes cleaning up a breeze"

That's because Payne loves animals, especially chickens. "The only animal I am not able to bring home and rescue is a snake... no snakes in the house."

 

"I feel at one with them. I really feel like Steve Irwin. with snakes I can do that."

That's obviously not the case at Nancy Frahlman's home. "When we are watching TV at night she may lay like this for a couple hours."

Her 10 foot long Boa is Samantha, and she likes to watch snake shows, or anything on National Geographic. "When we are watching TV at night, she may lay like this for a couple hours."

But Samantha doesn't get to share the bed like Cosmo, an Argentinean Teagu who loves to cuddle. "He slept with me in the cold, and early in the morning he came and cuddled with me under my chin."

But he wont be cuddling in bed again anytime soon. He bit her arm while they were playing.

"He likes affection and he shows it but I've got to remember, he's still a wild animal and they will bite."

For both women, their "pets" provide them a great deal of affection.

"You just fall in love with them, they are just so easy to take care of and diaper... easy to keep clean," said Payne.

"I'm not into knitting crocheting, i have to have something more exciting," said Frahlman.

Even though they aren't traditional pets, they still deserve to be treated like royalty.  

Janet says when her "girls" quit laying eggs, she's thinking about having her husband build a chicken retirement house, and then she can get a new flock of hens for her.

As for Nancy, she plans on getting ride of a few of her babies, but not Cosmo or Samantha.

 

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