Klein-Falkenborg Marco wins with Heidi München sector 3 against 4271 pigeons


Desiree, Marco, daughter Lynn and Heidi, Beltrum (NL)


The arrival
During the races Marco keeps in close contact with Evert-Jan Eijerkamp. They expected the pigeons from München around 16h00. Once Marco had read on the ceefax that in sector 1 and 2 the earliest pigeons had a velocity of 1010m/min, he recalculated the arrival time and went to help his wife Desirée load the car because they were leaving for their holiday at 17h00. The boy next door kept watch for the pigeons and it was he who saw a pigeon landing at 16h21. It was the widow hen 05-NL-2110402, who was the first from the 26 pigeons Marco had basketted. Marco had basketted all his pigeons for München because he was irritated that the last NPO race from afd. 9 was cancelled. The “402” was nicknamed “Heidi” and is a direct H. Eijerkamp and sons. She is from the strain van Loon and is from a son of “Chicago”.
Directly after the pigeon was clocked the calculations started, because she was much faster than the pigeons reported on ceefax. In Germany the fastest pigeon reached a velocity of 1020 m/m so Marco’s pigeon must be really early. After the pigeon was reported the telephone never stopped ringing. Once it was known that Marco had the fastest pigeon from sector 3 in this race it became even more hectic in the Haarstraat in Beltrum. At19h45 the second pigeon landed on Marco’s loft. More pigeons were clocked the next day at 06h15, 06h17 etc and Marco had 11 prizes from the 26 pigeons basketted. His father achieved the 10th place in sector 3 from München. Marco left at about  21h00 with Desirée and their daughters Lynn (2 ½ years old) and Maud (4 months old) for a well earned holiday in Gardameer, Italy. It was only possible because Desirée had packed the car whilst Marco dealt with all the telephone calls and visitors. The journey was more difficult than anticipated because the events of the last few hours had left them tired. They had to stop frequently and take turns driving.

The fancier
Marco is 35 years old and inspector by trade. He has kept pigeons since he was 6 years old. The first pigeons he owned were strays that Marco caught while they roamed round the family garden. Marco is a member of P.V. De Snelpost in Groenlo. It is a special, but sad fact Marco has been the youngest member of the association for 25 years (something for the Guinness book of records?). It looks as though he won’t be the youngest member for much longer, his daughter Lynn is crazy about pigeons and will no doubt soon steal the title  “youngest member of P.V. De Snelpost” from her father.
Marco has always raced together with his father, but since he moved in 2001 to his current address he races independently. For the first five seasons he only raced with youngsters and later on also with old pigeons. The breeders stay with his father and they both breed with these pigeons.
Marco takes care of his pigeons himself. Desirée closes the traps and such things, but doesn’t take part in the day-to-day caring.
Marco’s loft measures 7 metres, divided into 3 sections: 3 metres for the youngsters, 3 metres for the old pigeons and 1 metre for the hens. The front of the garden loft faces east.


Stock building
The pigeons in Marco’s loft are from the strain van Loon and Gebr. Janssen A. via Hans Eijerkamp and sons and from the strain Gaby Vandenabeele mainly via H. Eijerkamp and sons. Every year 20 to 25 youngsters find their way from the lofts of Eijerkamp to Beltrum. Because Marco organises the Eijerkamp Race in China he has close-knit relations with the Eijerkamp family. We can consider Marco’s loft as a “testloft” from Hans Eijerkamp and sons.
Marco prefers to race the one day long distance races.

Breeding
Marco, together with his father, has about 25 breeding couples.
Their stock couple consists of a son of the brother of “Flits” from Eijerkamp and a hen from the strain van Loon, obtained directly from Werff from Heesch. This couple have produced 10 first-prize winners in the one day long distance races. The grandchildren from this couple perform excellently: in 2006 6th Bourges NPO with a granddaughter, in 2007 Marco’s father  achieved  7th NPO Orleans with a granddaughter and now the 10th from Munchen with another granddaughter. Marco and his father sometimes breed with the racers, but these are usually two years or older, and have to have already proved themselves. Marco breeds about 70 youngsters for his own use.


Section for old pigeons

Ventilation old pigeons

The system
Before the start of each season Marco has a detailed consultation with Evert-Jan Eijerkamp over which is the best system to follow. Both Evert-Jan and Marco have strong opinions about the best system. Together they make plans for the new season. There are changes made every year.
Marco began the 2007 season with 40 racing pigeons. He plays total widowhood. The racing pigeons start widowhood a week before the first short race. The pigeons are entered in all the  short and short middle distance races for training purposes. Between the one day long distance races the pigeons are also basketted for a short-middle fond race with the exception of the race after this season’s very tough Orleans. The pigeon loft is darkened between 1 March and 1 April. They are in the dark for 14 hours a day. Starting on the 21st of June the light goes on between 04h30 and 23h00. In order to decide how the pigeons are nominated the performances of the previous weeks are studied and the condition and vitality is also taken into consideration. The pigeons are given a bath once a week, usually on a Sunday.
So that the performances can be compared with those from the lofts of H. Eijerkamp and sons, Marco feeds his pigeons the same food and follows the same feeding system as Eijerkamp. Marco feeds his pigeons a mixture from OVATOR with Immun Korn and Aktiv Korn. They are not fed anything extra, not even peanuts.
The pigeons train twice a day for an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. If, for some reason, the pigeons haven’t been basketted for a short or short middle fond race, then during the week Marco takes them to a distance of 50 km and releases them himself.

Medical support
The pigeons are kept healthy with products from van de Weerd such as BS and Orni. After a race the pigeons receive BS in the water every other week.

Performances
Both in 2006 and 2007 he was mentioned 3 times on  ceefax together with his father.

Top results in the NPO races over the last years:

1st

Nat.

München

  4.271 pigeons

558 km.

2nd

NPO

Reims

10.000 pigeons

358 km.

3th

Nat.

Bergerac

21.559 pigeons

916 km.

3th

NPO

Chantilly

3.168 pigeons

431 km.

5th

Nat.

St. Vincent

7.250 pigeons

1102 km.

5th

NPO

Troyes

5.201 pigeons

454 km.

6th

NPO

Bourges

4.190 pigeons

634 km.

7th

NPO

St. Quentin

22.000 pigeons

338 km.

7th

NPO

Troyes

4.203 pigeons

454 km.

7th

NPO

Orleans

6.967 pigeons

565 km.

8th

NPO

St. Quentin

13.464 pigeons

338 km.

8e

NPO

Ablis

8.451 pigeons

514 km.

8e

NPO

Brive

3.380 pigeons

850 km.

10e

Nat.

München

4.271 pigeons

558 km.


In 2003 Marco was 7th national champion youngsters.

References
In China there are pigeon fanciers who race well with pigeons descending from the pigeons from Marco. Two one loft races in China were won with pigeons bred from direct pigeons from Marco.

Goals for the future
In 2006 he was, together with his father, mentioned on ceefax 3 times and their aim for 2007 was to be mentioned 4 times. The season hasn’t yet finished, so their goal can still be achieved. Marco’s goal for the future is to reach the top in the one day long distance races.

Conclusion
Marco would like to use this opportunity to thank Robert Kasperink for the advice on changing the ventilation in his loft. The changes turned out to be a real improvement.
Marco, congratulations once again with this fantastic victory and we wish you every success for the future.