AN animal lover has taken his fondness of birds to the extreme by feeding thousands of the creatures every day for the last 17 years.
Harsukhbhai Dobariya’s routine has involved waking up by 5am come rain or shine to feed sticks of pearl millets to his early morning guests.
Parrots, weaver birds, pigeons and crows are some of the species which flock in every morning to eat the crops on the rooftop of his home in Gujarat, India.
The strange trend started when Harsukhbhai was bought a stick of pearl millet for his own personal use. But Harsukhbhai hung outside and noticed two parrots eating from it.
He said: ‘Then the next day, five parrots came. Slowly, more and more birds came. So I decided to go buy more of the millet and hang the sticks for the birds.’
And so, Harsukhbhai’s long association with the birds began.
To feed the large number of birds, he has even made a special contraption which makes it easier for him to hang out the crop.
He said: ‘We get around 3000-4000 parrots, 2000 weaver birds, and 4000 sparrows to name a few. Some birds, like the yellow sparrows, come only during the monsoons.’
A farmer by profession, Harsukhbhai also runs a showroom and belives his new winged friends have brought him prosperity.
Harsukhbhai added: ‘My family was sceptical at first, but I couldn’t have done this without their support. Initially no one had thought so many birds would come.
‘Today, my family members don’t eat before they have helped me make the arrangements for the feeding of the birds. And they are as involved in the whole preparation as I am.’
Family friends are also invited to come round to the house and watch the spectacular feeding frenzy in the mornings.
‘The fact that these birds come is what pleases me the most,’ added Harsukhbhai
‘The more the birds come, the more I enjoy it.’