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 !
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).
The zebrafinch grey is from the wild type.
It corresponds to the original type of Mandarin diamond. It is therefore strictly speaking not a mutation.
However, the grey 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.
Since grey is the basis of the mutations existing in the gray series (black breast grey, white breast grey, pale back grey, etc.), the rearing of this one is essential for the perenniality of all these mutations.
The grey zebrafinch will thus "regenerate" all these mutations.
3. Who is gray breeding for ?
The breeding of the grey 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.