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.