How to create a strain according to its objectives
1. Set your goals
First of all, I think it is necessary to target and define its objectives : Choice of mutations to select, study of the characteristics of or mutation(s) chosen, knowledge of the type of genetic transmission, create a network of breeder succeptible to work on similar goals to have topics of departures. Breeders will have to trust your project and your insight. They will also be concerned about the future of their ceded birds.
Conditions sinequanone to then begin the construction of a strain and begin a selection to tend towards your objects defined as any project.
Finally, define your idea of the bird you want to get. Not to mention the characteristics of the mutation or combination in which you project yourself.
2. Tips for getting started
Choose the starting zebra finch with as few defects as possible. Make sure you do not start with birds with an uncertain genotype.
Example: If you have a project to build a strain of gray, check if they would not carry a mutation to hereditary recessive (as black breast, black cheeks).
Question the breeder giving you your first specimens, asked to see the parents to be better fixed. Observe the different qualities and points of improvement of each one with the zebra finch that you want to achieve.
Observe the harmony and all the birds of the breeder, a homogeneity will make you appear a good job of the breeder.
3. What is a stump
It is necessary to represent the stump of a tree, its trunk and its branches. Composed of ancestors, descendants, sisters, brothers, etc. Different methods exist depending on the type of genetic transfer of the mutation or combination raised to advance a strain.
4. Importance of zebra finch known as "Work"
In a strain there will be zebra finch called "work": Intensive, most typed, short, long .. These working birds will have more often and in particular one or more strengths.
It is they who will allow you to reach your goals, do not neglect them.
5. Choice of couplings
This is where, for me, is the most important work of the breeder, its choice of mating will determine the quality of future mandarin diamonds !
By combining very judiciously the qualities (short x long, schimmel x intensive ...) of the ones and the others, the breeder will seek to obtain the bird of contest or the one that it seeks to obtain for its pleasure in terms of the type , shape, hold, color etc.
The breeder who is looking for the zebra finch competition must get as close as possible to the standard (established by the ornithological organizations or specialized clubs), basis of judging in competition. Standard that the breeder competitor will have to study meticulously according to the mutation that he raises and selects.
Building a stump that allows you to pursue the goals of your project is done over several years and requires patience, observation, perseverance and sometimes questioning.
We often recognize the "signature" of the breeder on the type, shape, drawings or even the feather of his carefully selected birds. With a wise eye we can observe the qualities to which the breeder has taken the time to work with observations and patience.