The 'breeding'-pigeonry is made up of a pigeonry of 1,6 x 1,6 metres plus a voliére of 3 x 1,6 metres. Read more
The pigeons are located in 3 pigeonries in the backgarden. The 'racing'-pigeonry is attached to the living room via the kitchen and is populated with 16 couples. The racing method for these 16 couples is total-widowhood. This pigeonry consists of 2 compartments of 1,6 x 2,5 metres each. The first compartment contains 16 'breeding'-compartments; 12 of which are located at the backside and 4 below the flight-entrance at the front. The other compartment only contains a set of pigeonholes. To prevent the coupling of hens, they are locked up in 'breeding'-compartments during the week. The cocks have to spent their time in the compartment containing the pigeonholes. This is all done according to the sytem developed by the Breman brothers.
The youngsters are contained in a pigeonry inside a garage. The 'yougsters'-pigeonry is divided in 2 compartments. One compartment of 1,7 x 2 metres is availabe for approximately 22 winter-born-youngsters and the second compartment of 2,2 x 2 metres is reserved for 35 youngsters which are born later than the winter-born-youngsters. Alongside the front of the 'youngsters'-pigeonry a voliére provides the youngsters of important fresh air. For the first time, this year, the later-born-youngsters are a bit darkened. This method however, has not proved to be succesful, because all early prizes were won with youngsters born around Christmas.
The power of the Koehoorn brothers comes evidently from the 'breeding'-pigeonry. Breeders come from famous fanciers: Jos van Limpt 'De Klak', Louis van Loon, Borgmans brothers, Dick Postma and Fernand & Koen Marien. From the flyers, the brothers seldom breed a youngster for their own. For almost 100%, the youngsters (and thus their later racing pigeons) are bred from their 'breeding'-loft! The 'breeding'-loft consists mostly pigeons which are bought as an investment and have no racing experience.
Therefore, it seems reasonable to say that the Koehoorn brothers know a pigeon better than the average pigeon fancier. The reason for this conclusion is that it is diffucult to breed good pigeons from pigeons that never had any racing experience (although they have a good pedigree). But it seems that the Koehoorn brothers can breed exceptionally!
The 'breeding'-pigeonry currently holds 20 'breeding'-couples.