Although I had a few fantails as a kid back in the nineteen sixties, we never really got serious about fantails until Matt was given a few young ash reds by Greg Duffy of Louisville, KY, around 1992. Within two years Matt was showing a few and won one of the color classes at the National Young Bird Show. This tended to "fire him up" and he has been dabbling in them ever since, eventually adding a few birds from other sources. As of the summer of 2009 we no longer breed fantails, but it was fun while it lasted. The bird pictured above is one of Matt's 2005 youngsters. Note that these are the "standard" or "English" fantails, as opposed to the much larger Indian Fantails being exhibited at shows throughout the United States. The Indian Fantail does not have the extreme ball-shaped body with the head held back deep at the base of the tail like the standard fantail.
As of 2009 we no longer keep any fantails.