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  Gerard and Piet Lindelauf:
"Janssen Power"
from Holland

by Stefan Mertens


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Piet and Gerard

An overview of the Lindelaufs' lofts

The widowers' loft

The youngbird loft

A loft within a loft

Inside the breeders' loft

Inside the widowers' loft

The corridor in front
of the widowers' loft

The ventilation above
the widowers' loft


The ventilation of the youngbird loft

A corner of the youngbird loft

"Het Mirakel"

"Het Mirakel"

To make this report, I went to the Netherlands and more specifically to Vijlen. Vijlen is a little place situated in the most southern part of the Netherlands.

Why did I go so far? Well, there in Vijlen lives one of the most famous Dutch fanciers-namely Piet and Gerard Lindelauf. It's unbelievable what top results they are putting on paper. To give you an idea, we give you a list with the top results at the end of our report.

What convinced us to visit Piet and Gerard? Well, in 1999 they won the 1st-2nd - 5th -14th and 15th national Orleans against more than 130,000 youngsters. One year later, they were national champion on the short distance. In 2002, they have with their "Het Mirakel" one of the best widowers from Holland in their loft. And in the national young bird race from Orleans, they clocked their 9th youngster on the 27th place-this against more than 28,000 youngsters.

And that's not all. This year, they are also national champion at the short distance in Holland. This is truly a top loft. Time for a serious talk!


The pigeons from the world famous Janssen brothers (Arendonk - Belgium) made Piet and Gerard Lindelauf famous. They formed with those pigeons their own base. The Lindelauf pigeons are all pigeons of the same type. Most of them are blue and of a medium build. How did those Janssen pigeons come to the Lindelauf loft?

"Well," says Piet, "We in fact started everything with pigeons from Hans Zwart (Marijnenkampen). That fancier raced unbelievably hard. He had a top breeding couple, and from that couple we bought in a few years' time 25 children and grandchildren. That super couple was formed with the "Zoon Geelooger" (B80-2452086 - a direct son of the "Oude Geeloger" from the Gebroeders Janssen) X " 'T kleintje"(B80-2452198 - also a pure Janssen hen).

The first base pigeon came out of those pigeons, and then we are talking about the "Oude Superman" (NL82-1868045). The "Oude Superman" won a lot of top prizes on the races such as 1st St. Ghislain 5,605p. - 2nd Quievrain 4,818p. - 3rd St Ghislain 6,680p., etc. But more "powerful" were his breeding capacities. He became father and grandfather of a lot of top birds. His best son was "De Superman" (NL86-2052096). As a stock bird, he became father of a lot of top birds like "Montargis," "De Vooruit," "De Dromer," and "De Benjamin."


Another son of the wonder couple "Zoon Geeloger" X " 'T Kleintje" was the "404/88." He became father of the "668" (NL91-1095668) who won 1st Provins 29,920p. and 1st Montargis 16,308p. The "668" was sold in Japan, but before he left he put a few sons into the world by Lindelauf. The "668" was first coupled with " 'T Brouwerke" (NL93-5394728). This golden hen won as a youngster against an average of 1,000 pigeons: 5th-7th-8th-10th-11th-11th-12th. She is a grand-daughter of the "Raket" (a pure Janssen and base pigeon of that other top loft Jac and Will Brouwers from Grevenbicht).

One of these sons from "668" X " 'T Brouwerke" is "De Wonderboy." "De Wonderboy" (NL94-2082163) was a phenomenon as a racer. On his result list, we find the following performances: 1st Etampes 11,500p. - 1st Orleans 5,274p. - 1st Sens 837p. - 5th Montargis 1,312p. - 7th Epernay 1,104p.

Another son of "668" X "'T Brouwerke" is the "Provins." The "Provins" won as a racer: 1st Provins 1,201p. - 2nd Epernay 1,104p. - 8th Charleville 1,112p.- 8th Creil 1,168p. and so on. Coupled with the "Marche-duivin" (NL 94-2072546) a new top couple was formed.

As a youngster, the "Marche-duivin" won a lot of top prizes. Her father is the "Vier Nul Een" (won 6 first prizes and 2nd Vierzon 5,059p.) When we look closely at the pedigree of the "Marche duivin" we see names like "Geeloger" and "19" or again those world famous Janssenpigeons.

A son of the "Provins" X "Marche-duivin" is "De Kroonprins" (NL99-5904201). That cock won: 1st Charleville 1,014p. - 2nd Rethel 1,017p. - 3rd Rethel 933p. - 4th Orleans 7,038p. - 5th national Orleans 130,000p. - 4th Ciney 963p. - 4th Ciney 1,264p. - 6th Ciney 1,463p. - 6th Troyes 735p.

Another son is the "Spartacus" (NL99-5904263) which already won 1st Mettet 1,107p. - 1st Rethel 1,017p. - 19th Ciney 963p. - 24th Charleville 1,014p. - 20th Troyes 735p. - 19th Sens 587p. - 2nd Rethel 933p. - 11th Sourdun 7,989p.


And that's not all. What do you think about their new top breeding couple? The cock is the "590" (NL97-2099590). This cock has the following results: 1st Rethel 472p. - 3rd Troyes 735p. - 4th Charleville 633p. - 5th Mettet 1,107p. - 5th Chimay 1,121p. The mother of the "590" is "Zes en Twintig," a hen who won 3rd Vierzon - 5th Limoges - 6th Chateauroux - 11th Bourges. She comes out of the line of the "Geeloger."

The hen who is coupled with the "590" is the "Princes" (NL99-5904246), a top hen with the following results: 1st Chimay 740p. - 1st Chateauroux 177p. - 3rd Chimay 1,463p. - 5th Sourdun 789p. - 6th Mettet 1,291p. Her father is the previously mentioned "Wonderboy" and her mother is "T Fel Oog" (NL92-5224852). She is the mother of eight first-prize winners and comes out the line of the "19" from Janssen.

And now we present you two children from this couple.

(1) "Het Mirakel" (NL 01-5155742). This yearling cock was basketed only six times and these are his results: 1st Laon 21,108p. - 1st Mettet 6,476p. - 1st Ciney 996p. - 1st Reims 789p. - 5th Chimay 1,141p. - 22nd Rethel 864p. After his sixth race, he was immediately put into the breeding loft.

(2) "De Lorris" (NL02-5241328) won this year as a young bird: 1st Lorris 2,873p. - 4th Sezanne 701p. - 35th Sourdun 423p. - 56th Orleans 2,532p. -79th Etampes 352p. - 122nd Ciney 1,351p. - 226th Rethel 1,079p.

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The wing of
"Het Mirakel"

"Blauwe 590" -- sire of "Het Mirakel"


Wing of
"De Blauwe 590"

"Prinses"-- mother of "Het Mirakel"


We're not dealing here with a "big loft" that is proven by the number of widowers. Only 27 widowers are sitting in the lofts. In 2002 it was 37 widowers. The system of care is always done to perfection. The new season starts with winter breeding and then the calendar is set at December 10. The future widowers (only the old birds) can breed a couple of youngsters.

As soon as the youngsters are big and they have eggs for the second time, everything is put away and the cocks are on widowhood. At the end of March, the hens come back into the loft, and a brooding period of six days is set in the program. The yearlings are only coupled at the end of March, and after ten days of brooding, they are on widowhood.

For the rest, the widowhood system is kept simple. Twice a day one hour of training, always showing the hen before basketing and for the rest, nothing special.

"The only thing that we are afraid of is when a widower loses his first wing feather. To avoid a bad result in a race, we pull ourselves the first wing feather of each widower. We do that after Bourges. Then we leave them at home for 14 days and then they're basketed again."


When we come to this point, Gerard asks Piet to speak. Piet says, "Listen very well. In our eyes, it is impossible to race well without giving any medication. On this front we are very honest. First of all, all birds are vaccinated against paramyxo. Second, we treat all our birds against parathyphus. We give several kinds of medications. One year it is Theraprim, another year it is Parastop and so on."

Piet continues, "Before the season, we always treat four or five days against ornithosis. This we do with a product from the vet. During the racing season, we treat every Monday one day against respiratory problems. And every three weeks, we change that regimen with a one-day treatment against trichomoniasis. This system is followed by the widowers and the youngsters."

"About the feed," Piet explains, "We are convinced about the high-quality mixtures of Versele-Laga. We always give the Plus-mixtures. These mixtures are enriched with an extruded pellet and so the pigeons receive vitamins, minerals and trace-elements every day. When the pigeons come home, they receive Super Diet. The next day they get 50 percent Gerry Plus and 50 percent Racing Plus. The last days they receive 100 percent Sport Plus along with a little bit of maize."

"All the birds drink and eat together," Piet continues. "I feed as much as the pigeons like to eat. This means I feed some mixture, and when there is nothing left I feed again, and so on. I feed the pigeons together because I'm convinced that when a pigeon sees another pigeon eating, he eats more."

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Wing of "Prinses"

"The Derby"
Auto winner in 1997

"The Lorris"
Full brother of the
"Het Mirakel"



Every year their champions breed 60 youngsters. This year they had a lot of losses, and they could start with only 47 youngsters. They were darkened from middle of February until mid-June. They are darkened for about 13 hours a day. Before the races start, they are trained a lot-certainly 10 times before they went a distance of 30 kilometers.

There is no special young bird system on the program. "We race our youngsters on the nest," Gerard explains. "Of course, when you race them on the nest they don't train. Therefore, we train them once or twice a week at 40 kilometers. But this year we had a lot of bad weather and therefore it was impossible to do this. To keep them training, we put a flag on the roof of our loft, and we required our young birds to train about one hour twice a day-once in the morning and once in the evening. When we look at the results we must say that this is also a very good system."


1st and 2nd national Orleans 130,000 pigeons
1st Marche 33,045p.
1st Reims 32,322p.
1st Provins 29,322p.
1st Rethel 24,000p.
1st Epernay 20,000p.
1st Reims 18,964p.
1st Montargis 16,308p.
1st Orleans 7,038p.
1st Etampes 1,500p.
1st national Orleans (r.b.) 5,300p.
1st Orleans 7,331p.
1st Montargis 6,800p.
1st Orleans 5,274p.
1st Morlincourt 30,000p.
1st Etampes 10,000p.
1st Laon 21,108p.

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