How it all began !
At his father's side, Daniël doesn’t only race the sprint races in the club in Zillebeke, but he also married the daughter of the club. The “pigeon train” had left for good then and later on Daniël also raced the middle distance and long distance with his father-in-law. In ’89 he became loft carer by Sir Michel Steverlynck, who had carried on the hobby of his late father Bernard Steverlynck in his honour. When sir Michel said that he was stopping with the pigeons in 2004, Daniël promised to carry on………..hence they now race under the name Daniël and Didier Platteeuw and Sir Michel can still enjoy the pigeons . “It is a nice family gathering here every Saturday when we are waiting for the pigeons”: says Daniël.
Prior to the international victory in ’06 the lofts in Zillebeke had already had a few top prizes nationally, but no victory! There is definitely class in the pigeons, they have a beautiful collection of pigeons which at the time was expertly built up by the founder of the colony, namely Bernard Steverlynck .
In the meantime Sir Michel also joined us and you immediately feel the respect that he still has for his father Bernard (passed away in ’76) to whom this international victory from Dax has been dedicated. The beautiful plate with the photo of the late Bernard still has a prominent place in the veranda where they watch over the pigeons. “ I still enjoy being here and can closely follow the colony. For me pigeon sport is a family sport. Every Saturday Daniël and I sit here with all our family…..the whole gang is here and the ladies do the cooking………Voilà…..that’s how it should be! “: says Sir Michel .
The 1st international Dax in 2006 against 11517 pigeons with the “Michel” !
We couldn’t illustrate the fabulous international victory by Daniël & Didier better than with a fragment out the international pigeon press: ….. Quote : “ the 15th of July was possibly the blackest day of the 2006 season….there was a strong north-eastern wind, whilst the temperatures went sky high . With liberation at 10h35 it was soon clear that no pigeons would reach their home from international Dax that Saturday. At 7h33 that Sunday, a pigeon landed at Zillebeke from 848 km …….it was Daniël & Didier Platteeuw who ensured this great performance “. End quote .
At national level the 2nd prize was clocked by Jozef Vandenberghe from Landegem and this nearly four hours later. The international winner which was given the name “Sir Michel”, had achieved a unique performance then by the Platteeuws. This now 6 year old blue cock still resides in the breeding lofts of Daniël & Didier ……where out descendants have already proven that they have the “punch” in the wings to be able to follow in the footsteps of their father with excellent performances . The “Sir Michel” is in a crème of a pigeon in the hand, well-muscled with a wing which would make the specialists of the wing theory dribble……he is a perfect long distance racer, this was a.o. proved in the very tough Dax, and this as a two-year old.
The 1st international Dax from ’06 , is also not the only achievement of this colony founded by Bernard & later Sir Michel Steverlynck…., in 2003 the 1st provincial from Chateauroux yearlings was won and in that same season also the 1st provincial from Perigueux old birds and so much more …….
Joint winner of the “Vleugeltriomf 2010” in the Golden Wing competition from the BBC !
In the previous season the society won : 1st in the competition “ the Vriendenkring” from Ieper by various Belgian basketting centres. In “the Vriendenkring” a great number of pigeons are basketted every year from the province West-Flanders for the race from Barcelona. Their strong performance from Barcelona ensured that Daniël & Didier were joint winners of the “Vleugeltriomf” anno 2010 . They basketted three pigeons for Barcelona ( 1055 km for them) and clocked them at regional, provincial, national and international level per ten .
Fond club 754 p : 12 -16 – 57 Province West-Flanders : 27 -37 -148 National 12641 p : 323 -357 -1166 International 25750 p : 689 -756 -2381
A nice prize percentage for many races ! The performances get better year after year!
In the long distance and grand distance Daniël & Didier can proudly look back on a fine general balance! Here some figures to illustrate .
Tours ( 418 km) 547 p : 1 – 2- 13 -27 – 29 - 44 ….(9/9) Tours 2898 p : 2 -10 -70 -166 -175 …….(9/9) Poitiers ( 510 km) 1327 p : 47 - 119- 475 …..(6/6) Orléans ( 331 km) 189 yl: 2 -15 -17 ( 3/5) Tours ( 418 km) 836 p : 35 - 94 - 162…….( 5/6) Tours 581 yl : 29 -65 - 107 ( 3/3) Montélimar (712 km)Fond club 160 p : 17 - 43 ( 2/3) Cahors ( 732 km) Fond club 473 p : 4 -54 – 97 ( 3/5) Cahors national : 72 – 489 -976 ( 3/5) Montauban ( 765 km) Fond club : 325 p : 10 -22 ( 2/4) Montauban provincial 1108 p : 44 -86 Montauban national 6654 p : 114 -250 ( 2/4) Limoges ( 570 km) Fond club 345 p : 24 -28 – 43 -96 ( 4/5) Limoges provincial 1557 p : 77 - 100 – 175 - 400 ( 4/5) Tours Fond club 491 o.b.: 18 -31 -32 – 50 -57 – 151 ( 6/8) Tours Fond club 356 yl : 19 -36 -95 (3/4) Tours provincial 2285 o.b. : 86 -143 -295 ( 3/4) Tours provincial 3085 yl : 128 -235 -848 ( 3/4 ) Argenton Fond club 639 yl : 65 -92 -144 ( 3/3) Argenton prov. 3250 yl : 405 -525-876 ( 3/3) Limoges 3079 yl : 375 – 377 – 573 -978 ( 4/6) Also a few results from the youngsters …… Brionne ( 243 km) 670 p: 8 -9 -12 -19 -24 -44 -45 -47 -48 -49 – 20 -52 -54 -55-77…….(25/57) Brionne provincial 10388d : 49 -100-128-364-494…….. St Junien ( 570 km) : 334 d: 9 -14 -28-47-51…..(6/11) St Junien interprov 1736 p : 28-53-114-239……..
The following origins populate the (breeding) lofts by the Platteeuws : for the middle and light long distance there are pigeons from B & K Deltour from Zillebeke and from Georges Vancraeynest from Klerken, for the extreme long distance from Luc & Hilde Sioen from Moorslede, from André Brouckaert from Wervik, from P & D. Houfflijn from Wortegem- Petegem, from Stefaan Van Moerbeke from Brielen , from Fr & Fr Vanwildemeersch from Westkapelle, from Jules Tronquoy and from Roger Vereecke from Deerlijk .
A tip-top care system and the right sort : a must !
There is certainly no problem with owning the right sort for the long distance by Daniël & Didier…..the care system is also pico-bello ! We witnessed an excellent loft for the pigeons. The lofts for the widowers and for the youngsters were empty……all the compartments had been sterilised from top to bottom with the “burner”, the pigeons sat in large aviaries, waiting until it was time for the “winter coupling”. For the long distance pigeons (which make up the majority) they use the following system! After the season the pigeons are allowed to “fake” breed twice (the eggs are not allowed to hatch), then they go into the aviary and the lofts are disinfected with “Dettol” and the burner is used . Between mid and end November all the pigeons are coupled for the winter breed. According to how it turns out per couple, the widowers and breeders raise their ( 1 or 2 ) young. Before the season all the widowers are put together again and after they have been brooding for a few days they are ready the (long distance)programme. The older pigeons race Arras, Clermont, Ablis consecutively and then (divided into teams….loft per loft) they are entered for their intended long distance races, the yearlings are flown in step for step . There are not many pigeons in the 15 lofts ( 9 for old birds and 6 for yearlings)…..in the breeding loft there is room for 20 couples. The pigeons are generally given Beyers-elite to eat. At the beginning of the week it is depurative in the morning and super widowhood in the evening, two days before basketting it is entirely super widowhood + corn. When they arrive home there are electrolytes in the drinking water and they are given something for tricho. The medical guidance is in the hands of Dr Pascal Lanneau , and his advice is followed. The youngsters are raced in teams. A section is darkened and in widowhood ( coupled with old hens) the other section is raced with the sliding door. The youngsters ( 1st and 2nd round) race, depending on how it turns out : Tours , Blois , Nantes, St Junien and the nationals ……later rounds only do at the most 2 or 3 x Clermont ( 167 km) .
That was our report over Daniël and Didier Platteeuw from Zillebeke, who, with what they have sitting in their lofts, can look forward to the future with peace of mind…..the class is definitely present…..the results from 2010 proved this, including Tours (9/9) – Poitiers ( 6/6) – Argenton ( 3/3) – Barcelona ( 3/3 over the entire line per 10) etc. etc…..and all this with a magnificent colony which is largely formed on the “old” foundations which were laid down by the late Bernard Steverlynck and sir Michel. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the coming seasons……..and who knows…. maybe we will soon visit you again after another beautiful victory. You deserve it !
Left Sir Michel, middle Daniël and right Didier Platteeuw .
The late Bernard Steverlynck, founder of the colony
Diploma of the “Vleugeltriomf 2010”
A movable aviary for protection from birds of prey and also ideal for the youngsters when taking their first steps outside the loft .
Inside view of a few widowers lofts with the heating panels in front of the nest boxes
The name of this compartment says it all …….
In mid-season the pigeons reside in the aviary