BREEDERS from Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands are participating in the first Fur and Feathers expo on Saturday August 5 at the Royal Showgrounds from 9am to 3pm and entrance is free.
The idea is to expose children to the loveable creatures and to give information about how to breed them.
There are many aspects to owning and breeding these furry friends. rabbits, chickens and other caged bird varieties can be valuable assets depending on their breed and genetics. Some of the animals on show are extremely rare and worth breeding as an income generator.
Rabbits are always appealing as pets because of their cute appearance, but certain rabbit breeds are favoured internationally for their healthy low-fat meat and patterned fur. Pet rabbits come in a variety of sizes.
Pigeon racing is another sport and breeders invest a lot of money in them which, in turn, earns them money from racing.
If you are a bird fan, canaries and budgies and other popular feathered creatures will be on display. Breeders will give tips on how to care for them and how to choose a breeding pair. The poultry club that normally exhibits a wide range of chickens and ducks every year at the Royal Show, will not be participating due to the avian flu epidemic. - Supplied