Derweduwen A.L.D. from Zingem in Belgium
This town Zingem is in East-Flanders, between Gent and Oudenaarde. In the river basin of the Schelde. Albert had to explain the way to his house more than 3 times and still I got lost once. At last I found Weistraat in the middle of nowhere. The sons Luc and Dirk were not home yet but father Albert (70 years old) was kind enough to give me all the information I needed. This is not the first time that he has a reporter on his lofts. What didn’t this man win yet? What did he win this year? Each year you can wonder; ‘what is Derweduwen going to win this season?” I give you some results already:
7th National Ace pigeon Fond KBDB 1992 with 4581362/89
2nd National Champion Fond KBDB 1994
2nd National Ace pigeon Fond KBDB 1997
5th National Ace pigeon Fond KBDB 2001 with 4271011/98
3rd National Ace pigeon Fond KBDB 2002 with 4271021/98
3rd National Champion KBDB 2002
1st National Montauban E.B. 1999 with 4228014/97
1st National Cahors 1992 with 4153207/89
2nd National Cahors 1992 with 4581362/89
1st National Pau 1998 with 4081540/94
3rd National Champion very long distance KBDB 2002
3rd National Ace Pigeon long distance KBDB 2002
1st General Champion ‘Belgische Verstandhouding’ 2002 -
Father Albert is 70 years but still in good shape. He had already pigeons when he was 10 years. In these 60 years of pigeon racing he had some amazing results and excellent pigeons in his hands. ‘When I was only 10 years old’, says Albert, ‘ I owned good pigeons. I could win 1st prizes but I did not have a good strain of pigeons like I have now. From 1960 till 1980 I raced in partnership with Degrootte. The name Degrootte-Derweduwen was very famous on races from 350-500 km. We did not race the national fond races yet. In 1962 I went to the famous Gerard Vanhee (Wervik) for the first time. I got some youngsters from his best racers. (From Sproete, Patrick, Motta, and Remi…) Each year I got new blood from Vanhee, direct pigeons or from auctions. Maybe 80 % of our birds are strain Vanhee now. I only got other blood from Robert Dobbelaere, Emiel Denys and Robert Venus.
In 1981 I moved to my new house here and started racing on my own now. Now a days I got help from my wife and my two sons Luc and Dirk.’
Since 1990 the loft Derweduwen is one of the best racing lofts in Belgium. Each year amongst the champions on provincial, national or international championships. Each week Derweduwen have to compete with the best fanciers in East-Flanders in their club Union ET Liberté Gent. Often they can claim the victory in the long distance races. Since 1990 they have more than 70 1st prizes on these races. Derweduwen own a strain of birds that never give up and win 1st prizes easy.
Albert, Luc and Dirk have 120 widowers on their big loft. On the loft in the garden are 60 widowers but there are 132 boxes. Albert does not want to many birds in one place. The other 60 widowers are above the house. Half of these cocks are yearlings. These fanciers do not race the hens, only as a youngster. ‘It’s too much work to race hens, we have plenty of work with our cocks!’ says Albert.
Cocks are matched for the first time in March. Only breeding on eggs for a few days, no youngsters allowed. After racing, still no youngsters but after the success in 2002 the family Derweduwen had much demand for their strain, that they made an exception and breed youngsters from the widowers. When the new yearlings come on the lofts, the old widowers go to the aviary for 5-6 weeks. The yearlings can breed youngsters and they know their new box well enough.
The hens are shown to the widowers each time before basketing. This is a lot of work but it is worth the effort. Three days before basketing, the hens are taking out of the aviary and put in a box. They get a good racing mixture. The hens must be 100% ready for the cocks. Albert says: ‘My late friend Gerard Vanhee once told me that NOT SHOWING HENS IS GOOD, BUT SHOWING THEM IS TWO TIMES GOOD! I have never forgotten this.’
These fanciers have 40 pair of stock birds. Normally they do not ring youngsters from widowers. The young cocks are raced two times on long distance. They race Bourges and Argenton. The young hens race the other races for youngsters also. The youngsters are separated and raced on door-system. Before this, they are darkened. The darkening for the cocks stops earlier than this of the hens. The hens have to race longer during that season.
Most of the yearling cocks race from 350-650 km. Some yearlings also race Beziers or St.-Vincent. Two-years old race fond and than Limoges and Souillac. The cocks are raced on the very long distance when they are 3 years old. Once a year Derweduwen goes to the vet. He visits Pascal Vandenbroecke, the daughter of the famous Jozef Vandenbroecke. Before the racing season, all birds got a cure against trichomonas and 5 days cure with Suanovil. Each time after the daily training they get one peanut. This helps the relation fancier- pigeon. A few days before basketing the cocks get some extra corn in the nest box and regularly vitamins to drink. All widowers eat and drink in their own widow box. They get super widowhood mixture of Beyers and Mariman. The stock birds get breeding mixture of Versele-Laga.
The golden breeder of this loft, the basic bird number 1 is‘Kleine Bordeaux’ 4581870/82, pure Vanhee (Wervik). From 1983 to 1988 this cock won many prizes on half fond and Bourges. His father was ‘Bordeaux 823/76’ and his mother ‘Blauwe Vooruitduivin 917/75’. The blood of ‘Kleine Bordeaux’ is in many racers or stock birds. He is direct father of 7th national Tulle, 8th national Tulle, 2nd national Cahors, 5th national Cahors, 25th national Montauban…Most of the time he was paired up to ‘Sproeteduivin 4415052/88’. They are one of the basic pairs. ‘Kleine Bordeaux’ X ‘Sproeteduivin’ are the parents of 4348805/91, the basic hen number 2. The partner of this hen is ‘Blauwe Narbonne 4324793/87’(out of 740/82 X 357/81. ‘Blauwe Narbonne’ won 4th national Narbonne, 42nd national Tulle, 191st national Montauban… The ‘Blauwe Narbonne’ X ‘Klein Bordeautje 805/91’ is basic pair 2. Another basic cock is ‘The Baron 4181605/90’. He won St.-Denis 1452p: 17th, La Souterraine 11.859p: 1015th, Brive 9.481p: 235th. After his he was put on breeding stock. His father 665/88, son of Zwarten IJzeren 633/80 (strain Zwarte Monsieur Vanhee X Blauwe Vanhee). The mother is 329/84 from Bordeaux 823/86 X ‘t Zwart 104/79. From this pair the next basic hen is born: ‘Zwart Bordeautje 606/90. The last basic hen is ‘Zwart 4455065/80’. She is from ‘Zwarten IJzeren 633/80 (Vanhee) and 017/81 (Vanhee). To prove you that this is really good basic birds I will give you the results of some racing birds.
Ace pigeons and national winners
In 1992 Derweduwen won 1st and 2nd prize national Cahors against 7.528 birds. ‘De Royan 4153207/89’ won the national victory. He was bred out of 595/85 (strain Bordeaux 823/76 X 401/83) and 176/85 (Zwarten IJzeren X 104/79). ‘Bambi 4581362/89’ won the 2nd national prize. This cock had an excellent racing season in 1992. He became 7th national Ace Pigeon KBDB with following results in one 1992: 2nd national Cahors, 273rd national Brive and 108th national Tulle. His father is basic cock ‘Kleine Bordeaux 870/82’ and his mother basic hen ‘Zwartje 065/85’. BAMBI was not sold and is still fertilizing the eggs. His grandson ‘De Montauban’ won 1st national prize Montauban 4.403 pigeons in 1999. In 1998 Derweduwen won 1st national Pau with the cock 4081540/94. The father of this cock is ‘Bandiet 368/93 (grandson of basic pair 870/82 X Sproeteduivin) and the mother is basic hen 065/85.
Super birds 2002
To start this chapter 4271021/98, 3rd national Ace pigeon Fond KBDB 2002. The father is 878/96 (Witoog 730/87 X 817/92) and the mother is 704/91, sister of basic hen 606/90. The mother 704/91 is basic hen now because she is mother of 727/95, 021/98 and 752/98, three of the best widowers at this moment.
The results of 021/98: 4271021/98
1998 Dourdan 1317:546 - Dourdan 2894:838
1999 Chateauroux 9.975:515
2000 Chateauroux 6.070:140 - Chateauroux 5.255:1247 - Montauban 7.220:80 - Narbonne 6.423:82
2001 Brive 22.026:789 - Cahors 9.989:265 - Montauban 8.027:580 - Beziers 6.522:257
2002 Brive 25.352:302 - Cahors 11.211:367 - Montauban 6.711:42 - Beziers 5.886:35
The cock 4271011/98 was 5th national Ace pigeon Fond KBDB in 2001.In his pedigree, I see most of the basic birds. The father 831/92 is a grandson of the basic pair 870/82 X Sproeteduivin and from 839/90 (sister of basic hen 606/90). The mother is 816/92, from basic cock 740/82 X 686/88.
The results : 4271011/98
1999 Argenton 9.864:1430 - Limoges 24.084:2384
2000 Chateauroux 1917:426 - La Souterraine 4.250:1018 - Limoges 11.279:138 - Souillac 7.154:675
2001 Vierzon 13.825:428 - Brive 22.026:575 - Cahors 9.989:17 - Montauban 8.027:43 - Beziers 6.522:1473
2002 Vierzon 12.705:385 - Brive 25.352:1183 - Cahors 11.211:1398
The quality of youngsters 1998 must have been very good because there are more good cocks:
Father is 793/87, basic cock X 805/91(daughter basic pair 870/82 X Sproeteduivin).
1998 Dourdan 2.894:343
1999 Chateauroux 9.975:1049 - Argenton 9.864:1195 - Limoges 24.084:811
2000 Chateauroux 3.039:284 - Limoges 11.279:1998 - Souillac 7.154:211
2001 Vierzon 13.825:2829 - Brive 22.026:2272 - Cahors 9.989:684
2002 Vierzon 12.705:537 - Brive 25.352:24 - Cahors 11.211:2227 - Montauban 6.711:261 - Beziers 5.886:629
This cock is from 793/87, same as 112/98, paired to 303/97 (Geschelpte Admiraal 359/93 X 111/93, direct Robert Dobbelaere). The longest races are no problem for the birds of Derweduwen:
2000 Perpignan 6.246:78
2001 Barcelona 13.161:124
2002 Barcelona 13.021:822
The father 888/90 is from dream pair 870/82 X Sproeteduivin. The mother is 730/91, also mother of 1st interprovincial Vierzon 1996
1999 Chateauroux 9.975:93 - Argenton 9.864:137
2000 Vierzon 14.596:34
2001 Vierzon 13.825:663 - Brive 22.026:1344 - Cahors 9.989:271 - Montauban 8.027:278
2002 Vierzon 12.705:534 - Brive 25.352:1346 - Castres 3.222:42 - Dax 4.772:143 - Perpignan 7.189:930
To end this gallery of stars:
The father 552/94 from ‘Geschelpte Admiraal X 111/93 of Robert Dobbelaere. His mother 783/96, sister of 112/98, from basic pair 793/87 X 508/91
2002 Chateauroux 4167:113 - Limoges 16.945:81 - Souillac 7.358:57
Beste uitslagen 2002
Brive prov. 3878:2-3-4-42-52-54-64-…
Cahors 11.211:11-277-367-696-1398-1668-2227 (8/30)
Castres 3.222:42-269-628 (3/5)
Montauban 6.711:42-157-261-443-519-573-611-1411-1509-1517 (10/14)
Barcelona 13.021:550-780-822-1651-1818-1866-2826 (7/9)
Blois youngsters 5.719:34-76-91-129-138-164-196-221-222-301-331-405-466…(30/57)
Dax 4.772:122-143-648 (3/9)
Limoges yearlings 24.479:157-218-575-614-1568…(13/33)
Souillac 7.358:57-136-152-234-249-392-674-810-974-1602 (10/30)
Beziers yearlings 3.539:12 (1/3)
Beziers old 5.886:35-216-413-510-518-629-1339-1376 (8/8)
Perpignan 7.189:94-333-826-930 (4/15)
Argenton youngsters 17.010:9-73-487-988-1020…
La Souterraine youngsters 13.708:24-75-107-194-320-526-…
1st ALGEMEEN KAMPIOEN BELGISCHE VERSTANDHOUDING
1st NATIONALE MARATHON
1st STEEPLE CUP
1st CHAMPIONS LEAGUE OUDE DUIVEN
1st JAN BREYDEL MARATHON
1st FOND UNION ET LIBERTE GENT
1st GRATIS KAMP. OUDE& JL. F.V.O.V.
1st Payed Championship ZWARE FOND F.V.O.V.
1st KLOKKE ROELAND OUDE DUIVEN
1st KING IN U. &L. GENT (3rd time in a row)
1st KEIZER IN U. &L. GENT
1st FOND EREKAMP. RIDDERSCLUB BELGIE
1st PROVINCIALE ASDUIF FOND
2nd CHAMPION VERY LONG DISTANCE U. &L. GENT
2nd CRITERIUM DER AZEN ENT.BELGE
2nd DE ZESDAGEN MET PLOEGMAAT PER LOTTREKKING
2nd BET.KAMP. FOND OUDE F.V.O.V.
3th NATIONAL ACE PIGEON FOND KBDB
3th NATIONAL CHAMPION FOND K.B.D.B.
3th KAMPIOEN GROTE FOND ENT.BELGE
4th ACE PIGEON FOND ENT.BELGE
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