Origin of my passion for breeding zebrafinch


My passion for breeding birds has been passed down to me from father to son. Indeed my grandfather, Italian origin, liked to breed pigeons and canaries for his pleasure. His children: My father and my uncles also have or raise birds (pigeons, straight beaks, canaries, hooks).
Later, one of my uncle sent me a photo (below) from 1970 showing my great-grandfather and grandfather proud in front of their dovecote. Dovecote which had been built on the land of the house where I was born.

Grand pere 1970 2

I spent my childhood in Coulogne, a small town known for its many pigeon farms, the "Colombophiles Coulonneux". So after a youth "bathed" in the breeding of birds of all kinds, I discovered at the age of 12 the different colors of mandarin diamonds in books. A little later, around 14 years old, I was lucky enough to meet a zebrafinch finisher near my home known for his multiple world championship titles on display. He taught me the basics of genetics, gave me my first showroom zebrafinch, etc. What motivated me to go further !

I always marvel at the birth of young birds, which represents life… I also love everything that this passion teaches me: Patience and humility. Qualities that seem to me undeniable to progress in the selection of strains.

I created this site to share this passion and thus my experience. It mainly relates the life and evolution of my breeding amateur selection. It is also enriched thanks to the friends of zebrafinch who were kind enough to share their experience.

I sincerely hope that this space will help you in the success of your zebrafinch breeding, I would be very happy to exchange in a positive and constructive way with you.

See you soon

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Tony Lombard, amateur breeder of selection.
Article published in 2018.


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