De Baere Brothers, The method of the ex-champions of Belgium: "The way they breed and race their young birds"

The name of the De Baere Brothers is well-known in the Belgian Pigeon sport and is sometimes named: One of the annexations of Desmet -Matthys, so named because they obtained their original basic pigeons from fellow-villager and world-champion Desmet- Matthys and which brought August and Josef De Baere to the top in the pigeon sport. They won many races and obtained the title of champion of Belgium, old and young birds. They won races from all distances.
In this article they will tell you how they breed and race their young birds. Their method is unique and simple and can bring everybody that follows this method to the top in the pigeon sport.
We were, for many years, very successful with the young birds. Not only in the short races but also in the long races from Bordeaux, 740 Km.

We succeeded in this through using the following method:
We pair up our stock-birds and yearlings each year on the same date, which is 15 December, thus in the middle of the winter. We pair up our yearlings early to make sure that they are settled to their loft and don’t make any mistakes when the racing season approaches. We mean the period April to July when they are raced on the widowhood method. The youngsters we breed from the stock-birds and yearlings, are taken away from their parents when they are 20 days old and are housed in two different lofts. One for the cocks and one for the hens.

In other words, the sexes are separated immediately, which has its advantages later on. For the first month we give them the same mixture they had when they were with their parents. After this, they are given, in the morning, a soup-spoon per pigeon of

the following mixture:
20 Kg. maize. - 20Kg. wheat. - 30 Kg. barley - 20 Kg. milo - 10Kg. cardy.
We give them the same mixture in the evening but then we feed them till the first youngster goes to the drinking fountain for a drink. At the same time, they have, every Monday, a pigeon tea in their drinking fountain which is made from several herbs to which is added a small piece of garlic.
The first training takes place at the beginning of April or there abouts, according to weather conditions. Cocks and hens are never let out together. They are let out, every day on their own and are also trained that way.
Their training is as follows: 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40 Km.. Once they have reaches the 40 Km. stage, they are trained every other day. One day the cocks and the other day the hens.
From the middle of May, they are trained with the birds of the club from 40 and 50 Km. arid have their first race, at the beginning of June. The first week we send the hens and the second week the cocks.
The birds that are not sent to a race, are sent with the dub birds for a training flight from 70 Km.. The birds that only flew 70 Km., are mostly the first home and are either let into the loft for the cocks or into the loft for the hens. The same thing happens when the birds that flew a greater distance come home.

Out of what proceeded you will understand that we are flying our birds on the widowhood method.
When they come together, for the first time, many of them will show that they are mature enough and are starting to pair up, but at 7 o’clock, in the evening, of that same day, they are separated again. This is repeated every week till the end of July. After that date the long distance races for young are flow and we stop flying widowhood.
The partition between the two lofts is taken away and the youngsters are flown on the natural method. When they have been together for about 10 days, they are practically all on eggs. The young cocks that have performed well are kept home, but the hens have to fly all distances which are: Tours 440 Km., Poitiers 540 Km. and Bordeaux 740 Km.. The De Baere Brothers were very successful with the above mentioned method.

The following particulars can be added to this method:
1. All young birds are vaccinated in the middle of April to prevent pox and diphteria.
2. The home training is as follows:
Cocks: In the morning from 7 till 8 o’clock.
They are called in at 8 o’clock, are fed and are kept in the loft for the rest of the day.
Hens: The next day from 4 till 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
They never have to force their youngsters to fly. Healthy youngsters will fly out of their own for an hour.
3. They never give their youngsters any vegetables.
When they return from a race, they have a soup-spoon of honey added to their drinking water on a basis of 1 soup-spoon to every litre of water.
4. The young birds are never given any cures. When a youngster shows any signs of illness, a specialized veterinarian which specializes in pigeon diseases is consulted and the youngster is separated.
5. The day that they are sent to a race, they are given a luke-warm bath to which is added a handful of ordinary kitchen salt (It is better to re-place the ordinary kitchen salt with the judiciously compounded bath salt “Fabry.” It has been proved that this product kills all insects also the ones hidden in the feathers. The drinking water, that the De Baere Brothers use is rain water which is kept in special tanks.)
6. The lofts are cleaned every day and the floors are swept up with lime which keeps the floors and perches bone-dry.
7. The lofts are regularly disinfected against lice and other insects and also to prevent Ornithose.
For the prevention of lice and other insects, they use Candy spray and for Ornithose they use the in Belgium well-known “Koudice” which is a dry disinfectant.

We hope that the method of the De Baere Brothers will be beneficial to our readers. It has been proved that it is a good method.