K.J. LOFTS


 

Breeding a successful strain of racing pigeons, is not as easy as it may seem on the surface.

There is not, in  reality, such a thing, a pure bred pigeon. But there are carefully preserved lines of pigeons.

To the ignorant, this may well not become apparent.

Developing a successful strain of racing pigeons, in all honesty takes decades of breeding, line breeding, in breeding. Then outcrossing, then integrating these outcrossed pigeons back into your original families.

On paper, it would be so easy to achieve. In reality, it takes years of breeding. Years of racing, separating all the good from the bad. As well as all the selective breeding programmes. The masses of paperwork and record keeping that is involved.

Developing the the right system, for racing is a must. Feeding programmes. In fact the list is endless.

Unless you have deep pockets and ten years or more, of full commitment to spare then I would suggest just buying birds in.

Our story starts back in the late 90's when we began to trace the humble beginnings of the famous Janssen brothers.

We  spent over a year researching the origins of the Janssen lines of pigeons.

This search took us right back to the Janssens Father, Henri. There's very little information about him, but he died in 1949. He had seven sons, Fons, Frans, Jef, Vic, Adriaan, Charel and Louis and two daughters Irma and Marie.

We began to trace the Janssen bred pigeons, our search took us far and wide. We discovered that their breed of pigeons, went into Gus Hofkens who crossed them into the birds of Van Rhijn Kloeck, he bred a fantastic racer/breeder called 'The Eenoger, his grandson The Dreibander which played a huge part , in the success of another two fanciers, namely Karel Meulemans and Jan Grondelaers. Their pigeons were then later bred to two top top pigeons belonging to Gus Hofkens. All these birds were the direct descendants from pigeons which originated from Fons Janssen.

It is also alleged, though no records can be found, that the brothers supplied birds to no other,  than Louis Van loon. It was said that these pigeons set him off on his road to success. Viktor Fabry also bought birds from the brothers and he produced an outstanding pigeon Trage B52. The bird did so well for Viktor, that Viktor by way of appreciation gave the brothers a cock from him, which bred the brothers an outstanding winner.

The lineage of the dams pedigree showed it was bred by no other than Jos Van Den Bosch. Which came from Karel Meulemans lines.

Many other great fanciers owe their gratitude to the outstanding lines originating from the Janssen Brothers of Arendonk.

These include Hans Eijerkamp, Bert Camphuis, Maurice Verheye, John and Gary Squibb AKA The Planet Bros. Also Staf Van Reet, Felix Pauwels Herbot Brothers, Van Hee Brothers. Amongst many others.

It is as a direct result of these findings, that we have managed to blend together the Van Den Bosch, Janssen and Van Loon pigeons with much success.

Much of this success has to be attributed to other such fanciers who must have spent years tracing the ancestry of these pigeons, such as Mr & Mrs Litherland, The Planet Brothers and the TBO partnership. It is years of their selective breeding results, that have indirectly bred us our best pigeons.

So it's surprising, judging by their ancestry that these birds, when bred to to right lineage, produce some outstanding pigeons.

The New Stock Loft 

A great deal of thought has gone into the design of the new stock loft. To make the the prisoner stock birds feel as comfortable as possible. After all these are the birds we rely on for the the production of future racers

The stock loft has been designed to take full advantage of natural daylight and huge heavy duty wire grills to cover both sections to ensure maximum ventilation. 

The stock loft which measures 16ft x 6 ft is divided into two sections, both sections house 12 nestboxes measuring  12" high, 18" wide 12" deep. With a small storage compartment boxed off with two sliding doors beneath. This will house all of the necessary equipment for the section. Including spare nestbox grills, nest bowls, pick pots etc. When the birds are not breeding the boxes can then be split down into single box perches to house twenty four stock cocks. Having the bottom of the nest boxes enclosed this will discourage birds from claiming the space on the floor  under nestboxes to nest in and hopefully stop any squabbling amongst the birds during breeding season. No perching is available in the loft other than the nestboxes. Above the nestboxes in the roof spaces, there are sliding shutters, that will enable the light to be shut down if the need arises. These will be enclosed by pegboard as this will not restrict air flow from the openings at the back  of the loft. That will allow the rising body heat from the birds to escape. The roof is divided into sections, the back side of it is made from solid felted board and the front section is made from twin walled plexiglass the same stuff used on conservatories. Combined with the large wire grills on the front this will create a bright airy well ventilated loft. All crack and crevices have been firstly sealed with filler and the whole loft painted in white emusion treated with Chlorcarb solution to deter mites, then painted over with white matt undercoat to protect the wood. The light will also help deter any nasty little creatures that like dark crevices.

 This is a view looking down the stock loft from the entrance, the studded partition houses a sliding door that can seperate the two sections.

Section complete, with the pegboard lining to aid good ventilation. 

THE NEW RACE LOFT

The new Race Loft, has been the subjects of many conversations of late. Some love it and others totally hate it. Each to his own as they say. A lot of thought and planning has gone into the new design.

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