Rene Alssema is one of the greatest breeders in Gloster canaries..He lives in Netherlands and started to keep birds at the age of 10 years.He became a champion in Gloster at the age of fifteen.He is talented for sure.He will explain and describe his fancy.The photos are copyrighted by Rene Alssema...
Tell us, why you choose to breed Glosters...
"In addition to the Gloster also Cresten, Norwichs and Borders cultivated.
Despite good success with these varieties was decided to only continue Gloster in 2003.
Often, it is written that the gloster is a beginner bird.
I like the Gloster still one of the toughest races.
The development of this race never stops and the competition is huge.
The quality of the birds of many growers is very close.
The trick is to maintain quality.
You win based on small differences.
Unfortunately, we see dominating the green or variegated green color.
I am a lover of different colors.
Back in 1983 I wrote in "Our Birds" a comprehensive report on the different colors of the Gloster.
Unfortunately we still see little other colors after many years".
Rene, describe us your birdroom...
"My Gloster are housed in a residence of six meters long and three meters wide.
The walls are tiled and lying on the floor tiles.
There is central heating and a sink with hot and cold running water.
The breeding cages of the rear wall (laminated chip board with extendable between walls) are 55 cm x 55 cm x 50 cm.
These large breeding cages to be sightseeing flights to 4.50 meters long.
None of the cages are made drawers, because this is an ideal hiding place for pests.
On the right is a 12-piece breeding cage.
Each breeding loft is 60 cm wide, 60 cm deep and 50 cm high. The partition walls are here also pull-out, which may be realized four flights of 180 cm in length".
Give us a few details about the nutrition that you prefer
"I give my bird a seed mix, which also is black seed throughout the year.
Eggfood they receive throughout the year, in the winter months, twice a week.
From my first breeding year he makes a eggfood own "concoction" half consists of plant food and the other half.
The latter consists of an amount of coarse "bread flour" equal to the amount of ready - ready eggfood.
It was added that three hard-boiled eggs, sprouted seed (in nylon stocking), half a tablespoon of seaweed, a half tablespoon brewer's yeast powder and half a tablespoon of grape.
All this is slightly moistened with a dash Roosvicee.
The boy's parents are away, also have regular cooked rice (lots of carbohydrates - and lots of easily digestible quick energy!")
We want to know how Rene Alssema choose his breeding pairs.
"Compounding the breeding pairs is determined by many factors.
This particular bloodlines play a major role.
Despite the standard, there are many different types of Gloster.
I personally like short and round.
But if you want to improve the crest and color,
which you have to deal quickly with some English and Belgian bloodlines,
whose wings and tails are long and there is no charge in the "ass".
After many years I own a hard core of strong genetic Gloster.
The birds which you know for years what's in and what comes out.
So the cinnamon line is the most stable in my culture.
The type is just ingrained.
Here I grow in very close family connection.
"Especially your taste you have to follow as much as possible."
So I have an aversion to Gloster with loose edges.
Ultimately, I think you should have all the good feather structures in your base and you based compensation should try to cultivate a short, full, round Gloster with a tight spring and a warm color. "
The culture results are carefully recorded in the computer ,
without the use of a special breeding program.
basically continues each couple throughout the breeding season together.
I've had bad experiences with exchange breeding.
Often walked dolls nest whether the eggs were infertile.
Problems in the culture you come every year v.
you work with living material.
If you think that all the growth is in top condition, you have once again one of the most beautiful birds sick.
Connect your paper the ideal combination,
in practice they make each other almost ready and you will need to look for other partners.
Got the boy almost independently, the man picks up the boy's death.
there is something different every year".