• Please introduce yourself and tell us how you got started in the sport
In my youth it was exceptionnal if somebody didn’t race pigeons, in the town where I lived town. So that’s how I got the virus, because everybody did race pigeons.
• Give the readers the basic results that you have achieved.
In all modesty, I don’t know where to start en where to end.
Three times winning Orléans Nationaal (section) was fantastic, 2nd and 4th S-National (ZNB) Chartres with the car-prize. Also 2, 3, 4, 6 ,17, 18, 20, 32 S-National Chartres (ZNB) with tree of the first four indicated birds (4.252 pigeons).
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 ,25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 37, 38 from Creil against 823 pigeons was also not bad. I won 50 prizes of 69 pigeons
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32 from Morlincourt was not bad.
Also 2nd en 3rd S-National Limoges (7.514 pigeons was not bad for a middle distance racer. This is enough, I don’t want get boring.
• What do you still want reach in pigeon sport?
That we can convince people that you need good pigeons on good lofts and that you need to take care of them to have great results.
• Which races do you race?
Middle distance races.
• Which is the most beautiful flight of the year for you and why?
Formerly it were the long distance races for youngsters. But unfortunately some people made an end to that. I really knew how to get the youngsters ready for the big race and then I good conmpete with the half country.
• How and with which strains did you build your strain?
Vermeulen, Janssen, Hofkens, van Dulmen, Vandenabeele, Mattens, Voets etc. The most UNKNOW where my BEST. I also don’t believe in the word “strains”. I do believe in the word “Pigeon Of”…
• How do you try to improve your strain?
Study very well the results. I like to buy pigeons from little unknown fanciers. These are honest and because they don’t have a lot of pigeons they need to do pigeons away who on others lofts would be put on the breeding loft.
• How many pigeons do you race?
25 widowers and 5 hens
• How do you race them?
Widowhood, but I don’t show the hen before basketing.
• Do you do any inbreeding?
Yes! Inbreeding, Line - breeding, Removed breeding, crossbreeding etc. I all use them. The GREATEST pigeons always come from crossings.
• Do you use any floor dressing or do you clean the pigeons out daily.
There’re grills on the floor of the old birds. On the lofts of the youngsters there’s bone-dry droppings. I clean the loft after 2 a 3 years. The lofts of the old birds I clean twice a year.
• Do you have plenty of room for you pigeons?
What’s plenty? I’ve 16 meters + some aviaries
• How you do feed the youngsters?
From the age of 1 or 2 months they get always the same food, seven days in the week. You need to be attention with PEAS!
• Do you attach any importance to grits and minerals or can the pigeons get what they want they are out of the loft.
Yes. Grit is very important for a pigeon. But you need to refresh it often.
• Do your birds need to train a lot? And do you carry them away?
• Do your pigeons get a lot of vitamins etc?
I only give vitamins in the winter.
• Do you think it is important that they eat varied?
Yes, just like humans…
• Do you look at certain physical quality of a bird?
Balance, soft feathers. But I don’t have a lot of knowledge about that.
• Do you believe in eye-theory?
• Did you learn a lot of books, Internet, video’s etc?
You need to learn “it” on the loft. You need to see the pigeons and the results. With ups and downs. You can listen well and a read a lot, but when you have not “it” in your fingers, then it won’t work out.
• What happens with the pigeons after the season?
The bad ones I kill. The good ones I sell and the great ones stay on my loft.
• Do you breed out the widowers?
Yes out the best yearlings. (I look at results, physical qualitys, and pedigree)
• Is there a difference between, short distance, middle distance, and long distance birds?
I real good one needs to race from 100km to 500km
The extreme long distance birds are very different from the other birds. A whole other strain.
• What advice do you have for a young fancier?
a) Look out for people who promise to build a bridge when there even is no water.
b) Look out for medicines. These are not made to make you birds fly faster.
c) Take experienced and great fanciers under your arm and listen! Try to learn from them!
• Thank you for this interview and I hope you have a great season!!
Mutual, when people have questions, they’re always free to contact me.