By mega maina
Posted Sep 30, 2016
It was at a friends' wedding in 2009 that I first caught a glimpse of this pretty bunch of awesomeness. Historically, white homing pigeons as they are sometimes referred to are released at the end of such a ceremony to symbolize purity. This caught my attention and thus began my efforts to get my first pair of fantail pigeons. They are elegant and interesting to watch as they walk around a home or a garden. Renowned for their beautifying effect, ease of care and taming, fantails are a must have for any bird lover.
They are not conventional poultry and I had to get a permit to rear them from KWS (a local wild life conservation agency) and a clearance from the veterinary department. They are quite hardy and keeping diseases at bay won't be much of a challenge. Fantail pigeons are easy to feed as they eat wheat, grit and pulses. I came to learn that grit is essential for digestion and bone development. For breeding purposes, I provide my birds with pots that have a layer of grass inside which I spray occasionally to eliminate termites. After two years of actively breeding them, a small business was born. This was not my intention at first but the numbers were a bit high and the Indian Fantail attracts a good price in the market. Call it killing two birds with one stone.