That hurts.

The title says it all about the entire 2016 season.

Although I started with the finest collection ever, the breeding season resulted in a total disaster. Many infertile eggs, lots of old birds dead, a low number of new birds, quite a lot of blindness at a young age, and poor quality in the surviving new birds. So little quality that I wasn’t even able to make the annual calendar with talented birds. The poor result at the world show in Almeria was inevitable, of course. After 10 years in succession of becoming champion in one or more disciplines, the worldshow in Spain resulted in just a silver medal. And that hurts, but immediately motivates to go all out in 2017 to make up for lost ground again.

Were there reasons for this poor season? Unlike many enthusiasts who do not blame themselves, I certainly feel I have myself to blame.

It started with a large shipment of birds to Taiwan that couldn’t be sent until the end of February 2016, rather than the planned date in December 2015, so I didn’t have enough space and too little time to prepare my own breeding birds well for the new season.

The successes of the past few years meant that I also held too many breeding pairs for the new season, to meet the demand for my birds.a

Many breeding couples also means a lot of work and time so that the attention per couple is not optimal.

Just before the start of the season I also installed a new ceiling and air extractor. All of this was unsettling in preparation for the season.

All these things put together, I think, were the main cause for the bad season.

But that can not be restored. We can now only focus on the new season, get things back on the right track and that, I think, I have done.

My breeding pairs have been reduced by half and I was able to let my breeding pairs spend the winter in the big old flights.

A shipment of birds to China almost caused trouble again during the preparation for the season. A transport which would take place in October 2016, finally happened in mid-January 2017. Fortunately, just in time to avoid disrupting the build-up to the new season.

Hope is now again settled on the new season and the present quality of breeding pairs should provide successes during the show in Italy in January 2018. Lost ground should be recovered there, which then should lead to a new peak in 2019 at the world show in Zwolle.

I'm ready, now it’s up to my birds and nature in order to convertt my hope into good results.


Through Winqs, along with Kara Sevda, I am also active in the buying and selling of birds. Due to this, I went to China for eight days in January 2017 to provide information about keeping and breeding canaries and especially Parisian frills and AGI. I came in contact with a special culture and country where the bird sport as we know it in Western and Southern Europe, is still in its infancy. The Chinese people lack sufficient knowledge. Based on what I have seen it will still be several years before they will be able to breed canaries at European level. If all goes as planned, I'm going back again in October 2017 to assist in building a good birdprofile. Meanwhile, there is frequent contact via email about all kinds of bird affairs.


In collaboration with Dr. Peter Coutteel from Belgium, my son, with the support of me, set up a webshop for the dispatch of Dr. Coutteel vitamins. To our customers I am the manager of this company because I have the experience with birds as well as the products. On the site www.coutteel.nl, breeders can order products which can then be shipped at minimal costs (€ 5) to Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. We can ship to other countries but the shipping cost may be higher.

Other products can be supplied, provided that they are ordered by mail.

Hopefully we will be able introduce more fans to the vitamins that are developed by a real bird veterinarian based on his years of experience.

Many large breeders from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are already familiar with the vitamins, Grog and Flagellamix from Dr. Coutteel. Now anyone can buy the products at minimal cost. In principal, if ordered and paid for before 17:00, delivered next business day.

World show Portugal

Despite the heavy losses of young birds during the last season, the participation at the show in Portugal has still been successful. Five gold, two silver and three bronze medals. The best part was the fact that my Northern frills won gold again, through which I have become world champion for ten years in a row with my Northern frills.
I am now fully focusing on the new season and the collection that I now have, looks like the best I've ever had. Expectations for 2016 are high, but nature will still determine what the final results will be. There has also been a shift in my collection. Parisians and AGI's (85 pair) are taking an increasingly important place. With regards to the Northern frills (35 pair) I have deliberately stepped down in the number of different colors.
Hopefully we will see the results of the new season in Spain in January 2017.

Summary breeding season 2015

A very good start and a terrible ending. After the success of the World show in Rosmalen, the start of the breeding season was promising. Never before were there so many fertilized eggs as this year and also the hatching of the eggs caused no problems. However, between the third and fourth week after hatching, when the young birds leave the nest, disaster struck for the young Parisian frills as well as the AGI’s. Birds that were still healthy in the morning were dead in the evening or the next day.
The older birds and the Northern frills were not affected. Several investigations were carried out by the vet and even by the pathologist, but the real cause was never found. The suspicion is that a virus was the cause, where unfortunately no treatment was possible. The result of all this is that I lost about 150 young Parisian frills.
A hefty loss, not just for the coming breeding season, but also for the world show in Portugal. Especially for the selection of the tribes this has had a major impact, which will be visible in Portugal.
Yet I still have enrolled 62 birds for the world show. We’ll have to wait and see what the birds can do on an international level.
For the upcoming season I have invested heavily in the purchase of new Parisian frills and AGI's.
However, it is difficult to purchase good quality birds for a reasonable price at the moment. Given the costs of birds these days, my prices have also risen considerably. I’m already looking forward to the results of the new breeding season . Given the quality of the birds that are here now, it looks very promising.

Next to that, Kara Sevda and I have started a new company this year, Winqsikara. (www.winqs.nl, winqs with a Q) Our goal is to purchase high quality Parisian, AGI and Northern frills from some of the top breeders and then offer them for sale to interested parties. We can’t complain about the number of birds that we already have been able to transfer from one breeder to another breeder, but a number of foreign contacts still need to get used to this. They only want birds with the ring number of John Rossou and have not yet spotted that other breeders that we sell birds from also have top quality birds in their possession. Let's assume these are just teething problems.

Sevda and I are also present at the world show in Portugal in January 2016 at the invitation of Witte Molen.

A moment of inattention causes disaster

On June 5, 2015, a sudden heat wave, in combination with an absence of two hours and a minimum of water led to a real disaster. 19 AGI and Parisian Frills and 2 Northern Frills lay dead in the cage, overcome by the heat. Especially the cage in which the most promising young AGI's were housed was hit hard. Of the 10 birds, 9 were dead.

In a span of two hours, the dreams of new world titles in Portugal have evaporated. Next to that, breeding material for next season has also disappeared with this accident. It is a real shock that has hit us very hard and which will affect the upcoming season for a long time.

Worldshow in Rosmalen an unprecedented success

A whopping 20 medals, including 8 gold, was the result of the Worldshow in Rosmalen. Being the highest ranked Dutch participant is an honor I have never had the pleasure to have before. My sponsor, Witte Molen, printed posters on which the result was reported and spread them widely across the Worldshow ground. So double thanks to my sponsor, for the attention you have given me and for the seed and egg food products that allowed my birds to be in top condition during this great show. Remember that nutrition is an important part of this success.

On all three fronts I got my titles. In the Northern frills, the Parisien frills and with the AGI's. These are results that dreams are made of!


Tribe lypochrome Parisian frills (a white tribe)

Tribe melanin Parisian frills

Individual lypochrome Parisian frills

Individual melanin Parisian frills (blue)

Individual melanin AGI

Individual melanin motley AGI

Tribe lypochroom motley Northern frill

Tribe melanin motley Northern frill

In addition there were six silver and six bronze medals.

A difficult task to try and equal these results next season. Anyway, always up for a challenge. I will try to be back in action in Portugal. But first we’ll try to get the new breeding season of the ground.


Under the name Winqs I will start up a new company, together with my colleague, Ms. Sevda Kara, with the aim to purchase and sell top Northern, Parisian and AGI frills from various breeders at home and abroad. We will definitely not start a global bird trade, but will focus only on top birds from top breeders. This will allow you to buy top birds (unrelated to us) without having to make many trips. All the birds that we offer for sale will have their DNA examined so we can sell dolls and men.

For this company, which is independent of my own hobby in frills, we will soon open a website. The success is, of course, also dependent on the results of the big breeders. Do not expect bargains but do expect very good birds. The first contacts with some breeders have already been made.

New products from Witte Molen I give to my birds

Starting last summer (2014), I added some products from Witte Molen to the food assortment of my birds.

I have added eggfood for European birds to my total eggfood package, which now consists of 25% Soft and Sweet, 25% eggfood sec, 25% soft food with herbs and 25% eggfood for European birds. To allow my heavily-feathered birds to have sufficient energy I now also add Calcicare, a vitamin product of Witte Molen. This product is already very popular in Germany.

Next to that, in the cages there are now mineral and energy cubes, so that the birds always have access to grit and minerals. The weed seed I gave until recently, has now been replaced with the putter mix. It has become a favorite for my birds.

Although I can’t complain about the results, I do believe that my birds are now in a better condition because of these changes and additions. The show in Rosmalen has proven that the condition and plumage are okay!

Sponsorcontract with Witte Molen extended

The contract with Witte Molen has been extended for the coming two years. As I am very content with the quality and assortment of the seeds and eggfood, I am delighted with the extension of our cooperation. The birds are doing very well with the available seeds from Witte Molen.

Because of my contacts I have become aware of the care and attention that is put in the the quality and composition of the different feeds.

The hunt for real Parisian frills and real AGIs

The 2014 season is behind us and we are preparing for the upcoming worldshow in Rosmalen. The potential candidates are in separate cages so that they risk of injuries is minimal. Fingers crossed!

I have also started preparations for the new season. With regards to the Northern fill I want to back to the basis, the lipochrome frill. He last few years a lot of energy has been put into the other colour variants, that the beautiful yellow birds were lost a bit. The newly acquired birds are finding their way to Udenhout and the aim is to complete the new collection for the season in Reggio.

Next to that a lot of focus is put on the Parisian and AGI frills and that is not easy. True Parisians have become rare and AGIs are unaffordable. With the help of some friends I have managed to extend the collection of Parisians with some good birds.

As far as AGIs are concerned, I am using look-a-likes that I can afford and that carry a lot of the qualities of real AGIs. Step by step I am making progress, but it does mean that there are a number of bastards in the collection. But who doesn’t have that? Looking around at the shows you see very few purebred birds. Most of them are bastards. We’ll see what I can bring to the show next year. Rosmalen is the first step, let’s see what that brings.

The upcoming season I will focus extra on the inheritance of my father, the white Parisian frill. At the worldshow in Portugal in January 2016 the white type canary form a separate class. With dads birds is should be possible to aim for the medals. The idea is to start with 16 couples where white birds are involved. January 2016 will show what the results are.

Marius Rossou

With regret I have to inform you that my father passed away on the 2nd of May 2014 at the age of 86. Due to a fall in December 2013, father was hospitalised. His condition deteriorated and eventually, he quietly passed away preventing further suffering. Father’s birds are now housed at my place and have been part of the 2014 breeding season.

Breeding season 2014

With regards to the breeding season of 2014, I can tell you that I have never had so many young birds die during a season. Not a day passed without one or more dead young. Mainly birds that were 1 or 2 days old died. The reason is not clear, but I lost about 125 birds so far. However, looking at the circumstances with father, I am still content with the results of the breeding season. There are over 250 young birds so far and I will probably end up with approximately 300 birds. There are some very promising examples, so I will endeavour to keep them in top condition until the world show. Especially the Parisian frills and the AGI have improved in quality.

The high rate of dead birds could have been caused by the amount of older breeding couples (125), less available time due to the health condition of father and the late moving of a number of the birds to my place. The breeding couples were probably just off top form. 125 breeding couples are just a little too many to take care of next to my dayjob. Next to that, keeping birds is not only about feeding them. Nature also plays its own role. The worldshow will tell whether the best young birds have survived.

A maximum of 75 couples will be used during the next breeding season. As a tribute to my father, more white Parisians will be bred next season. This also means that some colours of the Northern frills will not be bred.

28th of May I ended the breeding season, it has been enough for this season. See you all at that Worldshow in Rosmalen.

Success in Bari

In Bari we managed to deliver a lot of champions again. Amongst a large number of entries of the Italian frisé breeders we succeeded to win the following prizes:

Gold: single Parisian frill lypochroom

Gold: collection lypochroom variegated Parish frill

Gold: collection lypochroom Northern Dutch frill

Silver: collection lypochroom Parisian frill

Silver: single lypochroom variegated Northern Dutch frill

Silver: single melanine variegated Northern Dutch frill

Bronze: single Parisian frill lypochroom variegated

Bronze: single lypochroom Parisian frill

Bronze: single AGI melanine variegated

Bronze: single lypochroom variegated Northern Dutch frill

Bronze: collection lypochroom variegated Northern Dutch frill

We are very satisfied with the results and will now start to focus on the world show in Rosmalen, which will be held in January 2015.

The start of the breeding season is having its ups and downs due to the prolonged hospitalisation of dad, but it doesn’t deter us from trying to breed top quality birds again for the upcoming world show.

New birdcage

After five months of renovate our house, garden and birdcage we are finally ready to use the new birdcage. At this moment we use this new building as our own showroom with 100 show cages with young birds. We have to select the best ones for the world show in Bari. When you are interested and you are in Holland you are always welcome. We start the new season with Northern Dutch canaries, Parish Frills and AGI. We will breed the new season also with the Northern Dutch in the colours bleu and cinnamon. We still use the seeds and egg food of Witte Molen and we are very satisfied about these products. We sell our birds through the whole world but you have to take care for yourself for the transport of the birds. Look to our talents of 2013.

Breeding season 2013

After the victory at Hasselt we have start the new season. The seed and egg food of Witte Molen have given us a very good start. The first round we have 120 Northern Ditch and 75 Parish frilled canaries. We have also some AGI. We are very satisfied and also the second round seems to be good. To give you an impression we show you some pictures of birds that are 30 till 35 days. It is a long way to the next world show but we have some talent in our cage.

World Championship Hasselt 2013

Gold: variegated AGI 94 points
Gold: Parish frilled canary lypochrome: 373 points
Silver: Parish frilled canary lypochrome: 367 points
Gold : Parish frilled canary variegated : 374 points
Gold: variegated Parish frilled canary: 94 points
Silver: Northern Dutch frilled canary lypochrome: 365 points
Gold: Northern Dutch frilled melanic: 363 points
Bronze: Northern Dutch frilled canary melanic: 90 points
Gold: Northern Dutch frilled canary variegated: 366 points

Breeding season 2012

It was a bad start of the season but finally we have some very good Parish frilled canaries, in yellow, white and variegated. For the Northern Dutch frilled canaries we have very good green and variegated birds for the world show at Hasselt in January 2013. We are very satisfied about the products of our sponsor “de Witte Molen”. The birds are in a good shape. We had fear for our birds because we had no vaccine but finally we became an ampoule from mister VandeWijngaert at the end of September.

We are already busy with selecting our birds for sale. They will be expensive this year. The Northern Dutch will cost € 140 a pair and the Parish will cost between € 250 and € 400 a pair. Especially breeders from outside Europe are this year very interested in our birds. Are you also interested please contact us to place your reservation. We can deliver the birds at the world show in Hasselt. For our own we have also bought some new birds.

We will see you at Hasselt were we and our birds will be present.

Start of the season is a disaster

We had expected 150 Dutch and 60 Parish frilled canaries but we will be glad when we reach 40 and 30 young birds. Many eggs were not fertillized and the young ones from the fertillized eggs died the same day when they were born. It is nature.

We hope that the second round will give us more young birds and hopefully we have some good show birds from the first round. One good bird we have already. The bird on the picture is 30 days old, a real champion.

A dream came true

Father and son became simultaneous World champion in Almeria (Spain). Father with a yellow Parish frilled canary and John with a spotted Northern Dutch frilled canary. Father is the oldest world champion (84 years).

Witte Molen

In 2012 we are going to feed our birds with the products of "De Witte Molen".

Impression of the breeding