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Bourlard René & Etienne, "National victory of one of Belgian’s best cages!"


1ste national Limoges Derby 12.212 d. -
Winnor nationaal Orange hens!

Palmarès :
18e La Souterraine 05 109 juniors
350e La souterraine 05 2917 juniors
2e Bourges 102 vieux
17e Bourges 06 1009 vieux
1e national Cahors 6665 vieux



This season 2005, there is 1 cage that has achieved very well! René Bourlard and his son in Harling, where the whole family works together. Their results 2005 are astonnishing, and this in one of the most competitive seasons of the last years!
One of Belgian’s best cages! Their results will be rememberred through history in the pigeon sports of the french speaking part in Belgium.
The latest month before winning the National was exeptionel, something that only champions can do.
It began with Montélimar, where 11 National prizes were achieved, out of 21 pigeons!
Cahors followed and it was the National winnor Limoges who came out with 97th National and 7 prizes out of 15.
Montauban had a perfect result, 5 on 5 beginning with the 83rd national.
Then a dream came trough with Orange and a 1st national hens and 21 prizes of 29 pigeons in a game!
Different cages had to waite till the next day for liberation, as if it was a velocity flight.
5 prizes in the top 100 National between +/- 7000 pigeons. immageonable !
And it didn’t stop! The day after the National victory, there was the game of Marseille.
There were 12 pigeons on the day of liberation, on the moment that still a lot of cages had to start.
Certainly NO coïncidence, you can see how many pigeons there are in the first 100 nationals the last three years.
* 22 X en 2002.
* 22 X en 2003.
* 29 X en 2004.

Let’s introduce myself
René Bourlard is 65 years old. He used to be bus driver at TEC ( DE LIJN) and is already 10 years retired. His son, who plays together with him, also works at TEC but at the administrative department as sector responsable.
In 1983 the pigeon adventure started at Bourlard’s actual address, but René’s grandfather and uncle were also pigeon fanciers.
When they decided to extend the distances, René did some interesting purchases.
His interest went to Deneufbourg and Roosens pigeons. Marc, the champion of Leernes, who left us recently. He sold a brother of Sinistré», a brother of «Tic-Tac» and a brother of «Marseille». Next to them, they purchased pigeons of Delbruyère, who possessed especially Roosens, and of Depeter, also adorer of previous mentionned strain.
And eventual the strain Vanbruaene that he bought at different auctions of Gyselbrecht pigeons.
By lack of time, it is René who takes care of the pigeons. Grooming and are 2 basic rules who are followed very strictly. We were pleasant surprised by the involvement of Etienne’s children, even the granddaughter and grandsun know the colony by heard. Especially pleasant surprised to see how big champions pass trough their knowledge, passion.



The colony counts 60 old widowers, +/- 20 yearlings and +/- 15 hens. 24 couples of breeders take care of descendants.
The younger generation gets almost no training. The youngsters fly Momignies and Soissons or even nothing.
The yearlings have no hen so there is almost never loss, thinks René. The hens sometimes have cocks, but not always.
In the eyes of René it is very important to be very clean, and we see a perfect hygiene in his installation. A quick look in the garden, gives us already a good idea who we are dealing with. René is very punctual in liberating the pigeons. He liberates them always on the same time. If this is not possible, he’d rather skip a training.
Several times already he noticed pigeons don’t like a variable time table.
All pigeons get the same food, composed of 25 % maïs, 25 % pea, 25 % oats, 12.5 cardy en 12.5 % dari. Linseed and swede rape is added to this composition during moulting, this because they contain oil.
The widowers can raise a youngster after the season and are seperated around the 15th of october. In the beginning of march they are coupled again and allowed to breed till they leave the nest. Before they become widow, they can breed +/- 3 days. In the beginning of the season, the widowers fly twice a day on the same hours with the flag to get a good rithm. De vets are advised in the beginning of the season. The pigeons don’t get anything against coccidiose, which should not be a problem in nice and clean cages. Several cures are given against tricho and coryza with homeopathic medicines.
René is of the opinion that this season advances well because of forming groups of pigeons. Every cage is fully placed.
This system encourages the rest of other cages and it makes it easier to bring the pigeon back in condition after a flight.
The hens are always shown before they leave. It is especially his sun who things this ritual is important.
The Bourlard’s play already a lot of years in the company of Givry, who we visited last year.

 


"Mimine", 9033742/02, national winnors Orange hens
The wonderfull blue hen comes from a pigeon fancier who bought the pigeon on an auction of Clerebaut in Ecaussinnes. The "Willy", 9107897/97 is a sun of "Carlo", a pure Gyselbrecht, coming from "Senna", this "Carlo" was coupled to a daughter of "Cahors" Clerebaut.
At the father’s side, we find a breeder at the laureate of Orange, bought at an auction of Gyselbrecht. She’s the daughter of one of Van der Wegen ("Lamme" en"Barcelona") X a pure Vanbruaene out the line of "Pur-Sang" with a daughter of "Barcelona II".

" Mimine" flew:
2002
Melun: 8/241. - La Souterraine: 38/145. -

2003
Toury: 5/195. - Châteauroux: 200/872. - Saint-Vincent: 11/905.

2004
Perpignan: 11/58. -
2005
12th of 6751 old Orange and national winnors hens.

 




"The Limoges", 9089312/03, national winnor Limoges

Here again we found the best lines of Roosens.
The father comes from Depeter and is a half brother of "Sinistré" Roosens. At this side, we also find the best lines of Marc as "Carus", "Mondial", "Mexico", "Mirador", "525", "Foreu". A great origin!
The mother of the laureaat Limoges is the sister of a pigeon that flew Barcelona at Bourlard 5 times in a row. We find again at one side Roosens X Deneufbourg and at the other side the grandmother is Mimine" who wines Orange!

The "Limoges" flew:
2003

2 X Soissons as excercise flight

2004
Two quick fligths and a half long distance fligth and then Limoges: 1179/7894.

2005
Two quick flights and then :
Châteauroux: 16/64.
Cahors: 97/9275.
Limoges: 1/12.212.

A short summary of the fantastic results 2005 at Bourlard
22/05 Bourges 138 old ones: 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 34, 41, 44, 45 of 34.
28/05 Bourges 470 old ones: 5, 11, 16, 33, 34, 36, 43, 47, 60, 62, 65, 89, 107, 120, 125, 146, 149, 152 of 40.
299 yearlings: 12, 15, 32, 33, 66, 96 of 17.
04/06 Châteauroux 64 old ones 1, 2, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 20 of.
04/06 Brive 230 old ones, 15, 17, 19, 22, 44, 52, 54, 56, 57, 67, 68, 77 of 32 .
11/06 Montélimar 176 old ones: 3, 9, 15, 18, 25, 29, 41, 47, 42, 53, 57 of 21.
National 10195 old ones : 94, 253, 506, 606, 847, 1091, 1791, 1989, 2178, 2287, 2384.
18/06 Cahors 129 : 1, 5, 6, 7, 12, 23, 28, 34 of 15.
National 9275 old ones : 97, 295, 323, 325, 541, 1174, 1317.
25/06 Montauban 102 old ones: 1, 3, 6, 7, 10 of 5.
National 7303 : 83, 131, 744, 871, 1061.
02/07 Orange 164 old ones: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 16, 22, 23, 26, 27, 38, 41, 42, 43, 46, 50, 53 van 29.
National 6751 old ones: 12, 41, 68, 70, 82, 104, 158, 163, 224, 483, 506, 628, 638, 899, 1032, 1040, 1062, 1098, 1195, 1214, 1357.
National 444 hens: 1, 12, 15, 16, 31, 89.
02/07 Barcelone 115 hens: 1, 3, 10, 13, 17, 20, 21, 26 van 12.
09/07 Limoges 200 old ones : 1, 2, 3, 8, 29, 34, 39 of 9.

A cage full of promeses!
What we saw in Harveng is amazing. The quality of the pigeons is extraordinary, but it is logic when we see what their origin is. The perfect pigeon fancier, and the good treatment, made a boom happen in season 2005.
We want to mention that the family Bourlard practices pigeon sports as a hobby, a real passion René wants to share with his children and grandchildren, a example for many.