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    • Tony LOMBARD, éleveur amateur de sélection
  • Select the aptitude to breed !

    Let's first review the value of the word "Breed":

    - Provide the care necessary for the development of someone, of an animal, from its birth to a certain point of completion: Breeding your young.
    - Nourish, maintain its existence until it has acquired a certain strength.
    - Feed and protect animals or plants to promote their development.

    The zebra finch is naturally a formidable breeder. Laying, brooding and feeding go smoothly. The couple (both the female and the male) are enthusiastic about it, are completely busy raising their brood.
    As an anecdote, I will always remember a father who after the loss of the mother, had given everything to finish raising their offspring. I have the image of this devoted male who could not take it any longer, who waver at the end of the day in front of me, but tirelessly continue to feed his young until weaning. I gave him all the care possible to support him during this period.

    2 jeunes gris et leur pere 2

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  • Zebra finch standards

    Indispensable reference document for breeders who select zebra finches.

    I carried out research work on the different zebra finch standards applied in France, Belgium, England, Italy and the Netherlands. Here are the standards on which the judges rely to decide between zebra finches in competitions. These documents will be very useful to you depending on the country where you are exhibiting.

     

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  • Zebra finch genetic calculation software

    Small practical software allowing to have the probabilities of the results of a mating according to the mutation (s) of the respective parents. It can be put on USB sticks, no need for an internet connection to use it.

    Before that, we will obviously need to know the genotype of each parent. To help you determine the mutation or combination of mutations to which your zebrafinch belong, you can refer to: Illustrated glossary of mutations in zebrafinch.
    That said, I would say that this application is only an aid. The best thing will always be to understand how each mutation is transmitted. For this, I also advise you to have a good basis to consult the article: Zebrafinch genetics : Instructions.

     

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  • Application of zebrafinch Genetics

    Here is a site, also available in application, dedicated to the calculation of the genetics of zebrafinch. ZebraCalc allows you to have the probabilities of results depending on the mutations of the respective parents.

    Before that, we will obviously need to know the genotype of each parent. To help you determine the mutation or combination of mutations to which your zebrafinch belong, you can refer to: Illustrated glossary of mutations in zebrafinch.
    That said, I would say that this application is only an aid. The best thing will always be to understand how each mutation is transmitted. For this, I also advise you to have a good basis to consult the article: Zebrafinch genetics : Instructions.

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  • What do we mean by zebrafinch "English type"?

    The term English type for some zebrafinch is sometimes used, but what is meant by "English type" !?
    Can this type of bird (see video) qualify as an English type ?
    Where is it enough that the bird comes from England ? ... Or on the contrary, is it even more typical !?

    Young zebrafinch of English type in video :

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  • Deworming your zebrafinch, natural method

    Simple to prepare, natural and without side or harmful effects ! A recipe that has proven itself among a large number of bird breeders.
    This method helps prevent infestation of your zebra finches from internal parasites (flat and round worms) and is also a blood purifier.

    1. Ingredients

    To have an effective dewormer, you have to combine garlic, thyme and sage. Garlic is the most active in this composition.

    - 3 cloves of garlic
    - 2 sprigs of thyme
    - 2 sage leaves

    Garlic can be mixed or cut. You can also cut the sage leaves. All mixed in a liter of water. Let macerate for 15 days to 1 month in a temperate place away from the sun.

    Ingredients vermifuge diamants mandarins methode naturelle

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  • Zebrafinch breeder's Day

    I chose to describe this day of October 15, 2020 because it is not like the others.
    Indeed, it marks the beginning of breeding with the first births of gray zebrafinch in the 2020-2021 breeding season !

    Naissance diamant mandarin

    Eight pairs of grays mating since September 26 of this year.
    Today, 3 couples have had births, 2 couples convent their fertilized eggs and 3 others have to re-lay after a "white" laying. The majority of this year’s breeders are primiparous, I do not hold them against this false start which can turn into an excellent season. As long as I observe well the behaviour of these young future parents (the younger ones are about 11 months old).

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  • Breeding and selection of grey zebrafinch

    1. Introduction

    The zebrafinch gray is from the wild type.
    It corresponds to the original type of Mandarin diamond. It is therefore strictly speaking not a mutation.
    However, the gray zebrafinch we know to this day, is very different from its Australian ancestor. Following a selection by the breeders, the type, size and color of it have changed a lot.

    2. interest

    Since gray is the basis of the mutations existing in the gray series (black breast gray, white breast gray, pale back gray, etc.), the rearing of this one is essential for the perennity of all these mutations.
    The gray zebrafinch will thus "regenerate" all these mutations.

    3. Who is gray breeding for ?

    The breeding of the gray zebrafinch is recommended for beginners and can also become very exciting for the more experienced.
    Indeed, despite an attraction at first glance less spectacular than a zebrafinch with orange or pastel colors, its breeding is even more interesting.

    Diamant mandarin femelle gris née en 2019

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  • How to recognize a male split of black chest mutation

    The aim of this article is not to establish an unstoppable rule for the recognition of a gray male split (carrying) the black breast mutation. Rather, it aims to gather the clues that will allow you to identify it.
    For this, every detail of the mutation is taken over, according to what I observed during the selection of my strain of gray black chest.

    Before starting to analyze each possible clue, it seems important to me to bear in mind that the black chest mutation changes the shape of the drawings. To identify a split of the black chest mutation, I also advise you to take into account all the clues described in this article.

    Let’s proceed and analyze the phenotype of a gray black breast from the head to the rectrices in comparison to a gray split the black breast mutation. To identify each descriptive term used, you can use this diagram : Descriptive terms in zebrafinch.

    1. Mustachial line

    Black chest : The moustachial line will be pronounced and intense black.
    Split (/) Black chest : The moustachial line may be more pronounced than on a gray, however this does not constitute for me a sufficient clue.

    2. Tear line

    Black chest : The tear line disappears (ideally according to the standard) or only a fine line remains.

    Tear line

    Split (/) black chest : Different cases depending on the force of expression of the mutation in the split.

    - The tear line is present and fine :

    tear line is present and fine

    - Tear line is present and wide :

    Tear line is present and wide

    - In some cases, the tear line of a split black chest may also be absent. It will be necessary to rely on the other clues to know if it is a split or a black breast in its own right.

    3. Cheeks

    Black chest : The drawing of the cheeks will extend up and back of the head.

    extension of cheeks black chest extension of cheeks black breast neck

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  • Manufacture of a PVC photo box

    To take beautiful photos of your zebrafinch, here is a photo box model to make yourself.

    1. Materials needed

    - White PVC panel, 5 mm thick.
    - PVC U-shaped slides.
    - PVC angles in L.
    - 1 ultra-flat neon with switch.
    - Trunnion Ø 10 or 12 grooved.
    - Silicone glue.

    2. Cutting the PVC panel


    - The PVC panel is cut to form a cube with the following dimensions: Length 38 cm, depth 32 cm, height 32 cm.
    - On a wall, a hole 6 cm in diameter (to be adjusted according to the lens of your camera) is made at the height of the future perch.
    - On another wall, an opening 10 cm wide by 12 high is made for the sliding door which will allow the bird to be introduced into the box.
    - Cut 1 door to close the hole which will be used to photograph the bird (example of dimensions for a 6 cm hole: 10 cm x 10 cm).
    - Cut 1 door of 12 cm x 14 cm for the opening that will allow the bird to be introduced into the box.
    - Cut a 10 cm x 10 cm square that will serve as a base for the perch.

    Materiel pour cage photo pvc a

    3. Gluing the slides

    - Cut and glue 2 guides (U-shaped angles) which allow the door to slide, which can block the Ø 6 cm opening.
    - Cut and glue 2 slides (U-shaped angles) which allow the door to slide, which will be able to obstruct the opening 10 cm wide by 12 cm high.

    Cage photo pvc 1 a

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  • Tip : How to keep the eggs together in the nest

    Nid plastique

    If you use this type of nest this trick can be useful.

    Last year, a male regularly messed up or removed nest materials. Certainly with the aim of starting another brood.
    The bottom of these nests being flat, the eggs were found scattered and therefore a risk of not being incubated was very possible.

    So I looked for a solution to avoid this inconvenience. By trying out several types of concave shaped nest bottom, among others those in rope and coconut fiber, by incorporating them into the plastic nest. This male continued despite everything to want to remove these funds !

    Then, I tried a white felt concave background that I taped to the nest.

    Nid plastique avec fond feutrine

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  • The mindset of a breeder

    Through several media, we sometimes read statements or the establishment of what one might call "cooking recipes" concerning the breeding of our zebrafinch.
    I think that of a general nature these can mislead us and even prevent real progress. It is therefore always a shame to want to freeze certain rules without foundation and constructive spirit in this way.

    What is the state of mind of a true breeder, worthy of the name !?

    We have a great passion, this is often what I am told when I present it to neophyte friends.
    It takes a lot of time, sometimes investment in our lives .. If we want good results in breeding. We each have a sometimes different vision of the bird we are trying to achieve through our patience and perseverance which can sometimes be counted in years.

    A passion where there are no ready-made recipes as there are so many parameters. Making the experience, the observation of breeders the main base.
    We will agree that this happens above all in the breeding room, in front of the birds and that the results do not come like fast food! Impatient or follower of "I want / have" to abstain.

    Etat d esprit d un eleveur de diamant mandarin1

    A breeder, a real one. With great patience and cultivating humility, will in general be discreet and will most often avoid asserting knowing that genetics, selection has countless facets and that there is always something to be done. Learn.

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