Disabled man earns good income from raising pigeons

With the right amount of effort and determination, anything is possible. That is exactly the mindset of the disabled owner of a pigeon farm in Nam Dinh Province.

Pigeon farming is enabling Tran Van Thang, from Viet Hung Commune, Truc Ninh District, to earn a steady income.

Disabled man earns good income from raising pigeons
Tran Van Thang at his pigeon farm in Truc Ninh District, Nam Dinh Province. — Photo nongnghiep.vn

With a monthly income of more than VND15 million from raising pigeons, it has helped him be able to support himself and his family.

Thang's mother told him that he was completely healthy like any other child when he was born.

When he was seven years old, he fell down and broke both arms and then suffered a joint related disease two years later. His health has not been improved although he has undergone numerous procedures.

He had to drop out of school when he was 11 years old and started working at a local wood carving workshop.

"The work was not hard for me. At that time, the salary was low but it was enough to pay for my medicine every month," Thang told Nông Nghiệp (Agriculture) online newspaper.

He had learned to live with illness, but he suffered whenever the weather changes, he said.

Now he is 28 years old but Thang is only 1m tall.

His back is hunched due to the effects of the disease. 

But that hasn't knocked him down, and he has been determined to change his fate with the thought of a "physical disability, not intellectual disability".

And time has proved that.

“In 2012, while working as a carpenter, I saw pigeons with beautiful shapes and feathers, so I bought some to raise for fun," Thang confided.

"After conducting some research, in mid-2014, I started to understand the characteristics of the birds and decided to buy 50 pairs of pigeons to raise for economic development."

He lost a large amount of money in the first year because they got sick and died.

However, he was not discouraged and continued his research, learning more breeding techniques and how to raise pigeons.

After six years, he now has 700 pairs on his farm.

Every month, Thang sells hundreds of pigeons to the local market for VND110,000-130,000 per pair.

Sometimes, he did not have enough birds to sell due to the high demand, he said.

 

Building houses for birds

Thang said raising pigeons was not difficult.

The birds are kept in cages and they are fed twice a day in the morning and evening.

The feed is made up of 50 per cent maize and 50 per cent high protein pellets.

The cages must be cool with enough light and clean with automatic drinking water system.

The birds should listen to music for about five hours a day, helping them to relax and not be afraid of the noise when someone enters, Thang said.

Cages should also be cleaned once every five days to prevent disease.

It takes 18 days of natural incubation for the eggs to hatch, with each couple typically producing two chicks.

About 20 days later, the young birds are fully feathered and able to feed themselves. And it is also the time to take them to market.

Thang's farm is quite different from other pigeon farms.

He has built a two-storey house to raise his birds, aiming to keep them indoors to avoid the wind and rain.

"They are kept warm in the winter and cool in the summer, helping the birds build up better resistance," said Thang.

Many people do not believe that he built a house to raise birds.

"The house for birds will become my home in case my health does not allow me to carry on," Thang explained.

He also breeds quails, pheasants, geese and chickens in the garden behind the house to increase his income.

He has dared to overcome all difficulties and become a pioneer for local farmers to make their homeland better. VNS

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