Zakah on pigeons

Q: I am a man who has hundreds of pigeons, which I breed as a source of livelihood. Every new production, I sell of its squabs and spend on my family. By the end of the year, I do not find cash money. Only pigeons remain that fly here and there and gather in the tower at night. Now, I am confused about the proper way to pay the Zakah (obligatory charity) due on the pigeons. Please advise. May Allah reward you with the best.

A: There is no due Zakah on the pigeons bred for production and sale. However, when a sum of money is saved with you from the price of selling the squabs and the sum reaches the Nisab (the minimum amount on which Zakah is due), then Zakah is due after a full Hawl (one lunar year calculated from the time a property reaches the minimum amount upon which Zakah is due) passes. 2.5% should be paid as the due Zakah on that.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.