Through several media, we sometimes read statements or the establishment of what one might call "cooking recipes" concerning the breeding of our zebrafinches.
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.
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.
My passion for breeding birds has been passed down to me from father to son. Indeed my grandfather, at the time arrived from Italy, liked to breed canaries for his pleasure. His children: My father and my uncles also have or raise birds (pigeons, straight beaks, canaries, hooks).
I also spent my childhood in Coulogne (France), a small town known for its numerous pigeon farms, the "Colombophiles Coulonneux".
So after a youth "bathed" in the breeding of birds of all kinds, I discovered at 12 years old the different colors of zebrafinch in books. A little later, around 14 years old, I was lucky enough to meet a zebrafinch breeder near my home known for his multiple world championship titles on display. He taught me the basics of genetics, gave me my first zebrafinch of show, etc. What motivated me to go further !
I love above all what this passion teaches me: Patience and humility. Qualities that seem to me undeniable to progress in the selection of strains.