Dirk with one of his champions
A spectacular coefficient
Dirk Van Den Bulck managed to win the title of Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds with an unseen coefficient of 0.9794. It is difficult to say whether this is the lowest number ever achieved but we can make a comparison with the coefficients over the last few years:
2012: coef.: 2.3297 2011: coef.: 2.3343 2010: coef.: 1.0756 2009: coef.: 1.6157
Dirk sent in the following results that were all won in Quiévrain:
1st against 2,089 pigeons 1st against 1,792 pigeons 2nd against 2,023 pigeons 3rd against 2,443 pigeons 4th against 2,121 pigeons 9th against 1,934 pigeons
If he had had a coefficient with seven prizes (2.0) Dirk still would have done better than the second in the ranking with six results. In fact he would still finish in the top eight if he had eight results (a coefficient of 4.7).
The apple and the tree
BE13-6139803 is the young bird that now carries the title of first Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds 2013. As always, the apple does not fall far from the tree. His sire Goede Rode (BE08-6139996) won a 1/1,637 p. and a 1/822 p. from Noyon before quickly being moved to the breeding loft. You can tell from his descendants that he is an excellent breeder; his sons and daughters have won for instance a 1/233, 1/206, 5/1,603, 5/1,371 and 12/2,078 pigeons. They have been winning ace pigeon titles one after the other. Goede Rode comes from the loft of his cousin Marc Van den Bulck and carries the lines of Nieuwe Rossi and Eenoogske of Leo Heremans.
The 803 has excellent origins from his mother’s side as well: the dam is Olympiadeduivin (BE12-6254038), winner of the first Olympiad Pigeon title Cat. F in Nitra 2013 with for instance a 1/1,763, 1/1,248 and 1/555. She was also 4th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds. Her sire is a direct Stefaan Lambrechts (Berlaar, BE). Click here to take a look at the full pedigree of 803.
It seems that the pigeons of Dirk feel at home in other lofts as well, with Patrick Boeckx (Vorselaar, BE) winning the title of first Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Old Birds & Yearlings (BE12-6108355) with a 50% Van den Bulck pigeon. The second Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Shorter Middle Distance Young Birds (BE13-6151188) of Stefaan Lambrechts is related for 75% to the Van den Bulck bloodline as well, as a descendant of the 80-hen.
National championship sprint
The national championship sprint is decided with a first and second nominated over six races but it was not the 803/13 that laid the groundwork for this title. That honour goes to two cocks: the BE-13-6139873 (a brother of the grandmother of the 803 and the 849) and the BE-13-6139849 (a full brother of the 803). The latter is about a week older than his illustrious brother and he is the winner of a 6th Nat. Ace Pigeon KBDB Sprint Young Birds. This illustrates the exceptional breeding value of Goede Rode x Olympiadeduivin once again. Dirk had told a few friends right before the season that he really wanted to keep these two pigeons in his loft, referring to the excellent results of the two brothers. Another brother of the grandmother of these two stars won a third prov. and a 15th Nat. Ace Pigeon Old Birds & Yearlings Sprint in 2013.
The career of Van den Bulck began many years ago when a young Dirk assisted his father with taking care of the pigeons. Unlike his father, Dirk was obviously born to become a great fancier, as he won a championship title in pigeon club Pulle fairly quickly. He won this title with his father’s pigeon breed, which is still an integral part of the pigeons of Dirk today. Dirk has made a few investments over the years however:
Marc Van den Bulck: a daughter of Nieuwe Rossi of Leo Heremans Stefaan Lambrechts: a son of the Van Loock-hen, Stefaan's best breeding hen Maurice Haesendonckx: joint breeding Leo Heremans: a grandson of Olympiade Jos Cools: a hen bred from his Witkopje
These future generations will be making history and Dirk has already bred a few promising new birds this summer: the two great looking summer youngsters BE13-6314794 and BE13-6314795, which are two sons of 803/13. “I will spend a lot of time with them this winter. Next season is the time for them to prove their worth.”
This is a picture of what might become two future champions.
Dirk has made a few changes to his racing methods, especially for the young birds. He had always raced his young birds with the sliding door but from 2014 he will be using the widowhood method, which means every young bird will be given an old partner. It is not a secret that young birds in widowhood are more persistent compared to young birds played with the sliding door.
The approach of Van den Bulck is rather straightforward. He provides grit and vitaminerals, as well as a portion of sports mixture. A ¼ Flagyl tablet is administered as well against tricho. “As soon as the season is underway we do not use any treatments anymore”, Dirk says. He thinks the relation between pigeon and fancier is very important and his pigeons have a special bond with Dirk indeed. “This is something I invest a lot of time in.”
All is calm and quiet in Dirk's lofts
“If the KBDB wants to safeguard the future of our sport they will have to keep it small-scaled”, says Dirk, who has a rather small pigeon family with 10 breeding pairs, 16 widowers and about 50 young birds. “A newcomer in the sport who wants to join a number of races with only a few pigeons will be overpowered by fanciers with large groups of strong pigeons. This can lead to disappointment and fanciers might give up, even though their first two nominated pigeons might actually finish higher than the fancier with a large team of racing birds.” This is an interesting view from a fancier who attaches more importance to the individual list of achievement of a single pigeon than to the long lists of top results achieved by large teams of racing birds, none of which really stand out.
Is this a new device to keep away birds of prey or is it a parrot living freely?