Invictus, one of many successful descendants of Paulien
On top of the world
This pigeon originates from Paulien on both his father’s side and his mother’s side. The sire of Invictus is a direct son of Paulien and both parents of the dam of Invictus are grandchildren of Paulien. You can take a look at the pedigree of Invictus by clicking here.
The pigeon that won the title of First National Champion Yearlings KBDB in 2011 was a son of Paulien and this season a daughter of Paulien is in the running for the title of National Ace Pigeon KBDB. This hen, which is in fact a nest sister of the sire of Invictus, has won an impressive number of top prizes this season. Unfortunately the provincial results are no longer taken into account for the national championships this season. This is her impressive list of achievements:
Montluçon nat: 636th against 21,827 pigeons Gueret nat: 4th against 15,007 pigeons Argenton nat: 16th against 22,463 pigeons Blois Brab. Union: 4th against 1,717 pigeons
Luck and a skillful fancier
Caution is key
Some of you might have noticed that the pigeons of Derwa are not in the results of the first three national races of 2013. Issoudun was in fact the first national race for young birds for which Albert’s pigeons had been basketed. “I do not have a lot of birds: ten widowers, 18 hens and only 70 youngsters, of which I have 35 left. So I have to be careful with them. I do not focus on the championships so I can easily change plans if the weather conditions are bad”, Albert explains. That is why the race from Issoudun was the first national flight of the season for his pigeons. This is a relatively short flight (482) that took place in decent weather conditions (tailwind).
Albert uses a medical scheme that is strictly followed. Even today’s trend of limiting the use of medicines could not make Albert change his mind. All pigeons are given an annual treatment against paratyphus. This season the old birds were vaccinated for the first time. He uses a Soludox treatment against ornithosis and a seven day tricho cure is provided about three weeks before the start of the season, as well as a two day cure every three weeks. Albert prevents the pigeons’ eyes from infecting by using Linco Spectin drops. As the season progresses he alternates between Raf Herbots drops and Vincent Schroeder drops. Some might say this is a bit exaggerated but his successes show that he knows what he is doing.
Always the same
We think many fanciers have the same question: how does he do it? As with most successful fanciers the answer is simple: a collection of top quality pigeons is one of the key aspects. Albert has pigeons from Gommaire Verbruggen, the Herbots brothers, Paul Huls, the late Maurice Voets, Flor Vervoort and last but not least Rik Hermans and Koen Minderhoud. The second most important factor is strict selection, which he learned from the Thomas-Paris partnership (Kessel-lo, BE). They passed by his loft in 1976 to make a selection. Albert had 35 pigeons at that time and not a single one of them passed the test. Albert had purchased six youngsters from Albert and three of them could stay in the loft. This was the start of a successful career in pigeon racing. This is only the beginning and we wonder what the future holds in store for him.