Racing three national prizes is not easy of course.
Only 4 pigeons were sent in. The national result looked like this :
1. Derweduwen A&L&D 3 prizes and 8,08%
2. Gal le-Wijnants 3 prizes and 11,69%
3. Nys Robert 3 prizes and 13,93%
4. Labiau Gerard 3 prizes and 19,73%
5. Malfait Fernand 2 prizes and 4,35%
6. Van Looy-Vannieuwenhuise 2 prizes and 6,91%
The winners entered a super pigeon. Their 4028313/07 won in three races :
Pau national 2183p-31 Tarbes national 4576p-250 Perpignan national 6275p -75
You will soon see that it is a pigeon which is international top in 2010 !
The letters A & L & D in the combination name stands for Albert, Luc and Dirk; a golden combination of father and two sons. They have managed to achieve many titles and national victories over the last few years. Who performed better in Belgium? There won’t be many believe me :
7th national Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 1992 with 4581362/89 2nd national Champion Long Distance KBDB 1994 2nd national Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 1997 5th national Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2001 with 4271011/98 3rd national Ace pigeon Long Distance KBDB 2002 with 4271021/98 1st national Montauban E.B. 1999 with 4228014/97 1st national Cahors 1992 with 4153207/89 1st national Pau 1998 with 4081540/94 1st national Souillac 2003 with 4165342/00 2nd national Cahors 1992 with 4581362/89
Father Albert, 78 years old, has kept pigeons since he was 10 years old. A pigeon career of almost 70 years! From 1960 to 1980 he raced in combination with Degrootte. Under the name Degrootte-Derweduwen they caused havoc in the Middle Distance races. There were no national races at that time. In 1962 Albert first bought pigeons from Gerard Vanhee from Wervik. He obtained youngsters out the very best that the Vanhees had (Sproete, Patrick, Motta, Remi…). He obtained pigeons here for many years. The current basis of Derweduwen is still the late Gerard Vanhee. Later the Vanhee pedigree was supplemented with a few pigeons from Robert Dobbelaere, Emiel Denys and over the last few years also from Robert Venus (Koksijde),a hen from Andre Vaernewijck and a few hens from Daniel Aerens, including the mother of the 1st National Ace pigeon Extreme Long Distance 2010, a mega-top breeding hen. I don’t have such a mixture of pedigrees. Derweduwen mainly remains loyal to the Vanhee stock. Sometimes there will be pigeons from other fanciers, but they have to prove themselves first and the standards are very high. Entrants are sifted and tested to the bone. In 1981 Albert started here, in the Weistraat 33 in Zingem, East-Flanders. The two sons, Luc and Dirk, have visited the lofts since they were youngsters and now all the work is divided equally between them. You could call it a family business.
Mother Edith is also ready to help from early in the morning to late at night. They have always raced well, but since 1992 the Derweduwen train can’t be stopped. A life’s work from Albert from which the fruit is picked every year. They have continually been in the provincial, national and international pigeon interest since 1990 .
In total they race here with 120 widowers. There are about 60 in the garden loft, but in the larger loft there is room for 132. There are not too many then. Above the house there are another 60 widowers. Roughly half of the cocks are yearlings. They race a few hens with a nest, mainly Barcelona, and a few yearling hens for Soustons and Libourne.
Everything is coupled here in March and allowed to brood for a few days. After the season the cocks are not usually allowed to raise any youngsters, but this year there was an exception made due to the great demand for pigeons. The yearlings are brought to the lofts and the old cocks are moved to the aviary for 5-6 weeks. During the winter months the pigeons are set free every so often. During the period November until the last flight is fully grown, they are not allowed to fly around. The development of the last flight pen is very important and nothing is allowed to disturb the growth. The hens are always shown before basketting.
The ladies are put in separate lofts three days in advance and are given a good mixture to eat. The hens are then ready to spoil the cocks. It is a lot of work but with a good organisation and a bit of good will, it is quite easy. About 40 breeding couples ensure the descendants and normally no youngsters are kept from the widowers. The young cocks are trained well . The yearling widowers are given Limoges to race, only a few go to Narbonne, St.-Vincent or another overnight race. They are also very cautious with the 2-year olds. They race small Long Distance up to Limoges and Souillac. It is only when they are 3 years old that they are given the Extreme Long Distance programme and the toughest Long Distance races so as Barcelona and Perpignan. Albert takes his pigeons to the vet Pascal Vandenbroecke, Jozef’s daughter, once a year. Before the season a cure against trichomonasis and a 5 day cure with Suanovil against head sickness. The fact that they are not troubled by head sickness here is probably due to the fact that there are not many pigeons in the lofts.
Only half of the boxes are occupied, so there is enough oxygen. During the season they prefer to give nothing at all. As long as everything is going well there is of course no reason to give anything. A few peanuts are waiting for the pigeons after each training. This only applies to the widowers which live above the house, not for those in the garden. They are given nibbling seeds, a mixture that Albert learnt from Jules Rijckaart. A few days before basketting there is some extra corn and they are regularly given vitamins in the drinking water. They make sure there is variation in the vitamins. Various brands and formulations are reviewed. All the widowers are given their food and drink separately in the boxes. The feed is super widowhood from Beyers and Mariman mixed together. The breeders are given breeding mixture from Versele-Laga.
4028313/07 "Den As"
2008 St-Vincent nat. 7356p - 573rd 2009 Vierzon 6237p - 1058th Cahors nat. 7347p - 634th Limoges 11.869p - 203rd 2010 Brive nat. 16.815p - 2753rd Pau club 165p - 3rd nat. 2183p - 31st Intern 8170p - 186th Tarbes club 74p - 2nd National 4576p - 250th Intern. 15.035p - 465th Perpignan club 148p - 4th National 6257p - 75th Intern 15.756p - 105th
Father of this banger, which can also be counted by the best of 2010, is ‘4030146/2003’. He is also father of ‘019/05’(2nd national Tarbes 2009, 13th nat. Limoges, 182st nat. Tarbes…). He was bred out ‘021/98’, a cock which was national Ace pigeon KBDB in 2002 with a.o. 35th national Beziers, 42nd national Montauban and 80th national Montauban. The mother was then once again ‘4115904/99’, a granddaughter of 1st national Pau 1998 .
Mother is ‘4400287/00 Daniella’, a direct from Daniël Aerens from Drongen. She is also mother of ‘019/05’ and ‘099/04’. She was bred out ‘NL9504349/95’, a direct Anton and Lucie van de wegen X ‘4273140/98’ out the line ‘de Zwarte Pau’ .
The breeding couple ‘146/03’ x ‘287/00’ is also responsible for other top pigeons! Here the proof :
4062157/06 Broer 3
2008 Vierzon 11.399p - 245th Montauban 5438p - 70th Limoges 11.995p - 1480th 2009 Brive 17.456p - 166th Montauban 7203p - 334th 2010 Vierzon 7030p - 309th Cahors 8651p - 927th Narbonne 6330p - 54th
4111019/05 Den Tarbes
ArgArgenton 4104p - 23rd Limoges 15.507p - 13rd 2008 Brive 14.521p - 2093rd Montauban 5438p - 456th Tarbes int 12537p - 324th 2009 Vierzon 6237p - 1272nd Brive 17456p - 604th Pau intern. 7608p - 191st Tarbes int. 12849p - 5th 2010 Brive 16815p - 122nd Montauban 6654p - 99th Tarbes nat. 4576p - 440th
As bonus, this :
2004 Bourges 48553p - 1825th 2005 Chateauroux 4854p - 462nd 2006 Orleans 2749p - 174th Chateauroux 4349p - 149th Brive 9466p - 25th Limoges 13581p - 2267th Souillac 6475p - 681st 2007 Vierzon 19103p - 1931st Brive 16007p - 79th Montauban 6187p - 1262nd 2008 Vierzon 11399p - 188th Brive 14521p - 70th 2009 Brive 17456p - 1612th Montauban 7203p - 1148th Limoges 11.869p - 2202nd Souillac 7597p - 158th
Mother of this class pigeon, especially from Brive national at the beginning of the year, is the same as the three brothers, it is ‘4400287/00 Daniella’, Daniël Aerens from Drongen. She was bred out ‘NL9504349/95’, a direct Anton and Lucie van de wegen X ‘4273140/98’ out the line the Zwarte Pau. The breeding mother over the last few years in this Derweduwen loft. She crosses well with other pedigrees.
The father this time is ‘4081552/1994’ (raced self a.o. 12-17 nat. Brive and 18th nat. Narbonne) a son of the “Admiraal” 359/93(grandson of the “Kleine Bordeaux”). The cock “Kleine Bordeaux”… who, after a sparkling 5 year career as racing pigeon, developed into the stock father of the current colony. Albert coupled him with several super hens and with this laid the basis for the many national and/or international top racers which this loft possesses. The mother of ‘1552/94’ is ‘3080111/93’, a direct Robert Dobbelaere
1st NATIONAL PAU 2268p. 1st NATIONAL SOUILLAC 8327p. 1st NATIONAL CAHORS 7528p. 1st NATIONAL MONTAUBAN E.B. 4403p. 1st NATIONAL PAU ZONE WEST 840p. 1st NATIONAL SOUILLAC ZONE A 4010p. 1st NATIONAL MONTAUBAN E.B. 2990p. 1st INTERPROVINCIAAL VIERZON 7056p. 1st INTERPROVINCIAAL ARGENTON 4104p. 2nd NATIONAL CAHORS 7528p. 2nd NATIONAL TARBES 4812p 3rd NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 8877p. 4th NATIONAL NARBONNE 5848p. 5th NATIONAL CAHORS 8078p. 5th NATIONAL BEZIERS 5934p. 7th NATIONAL ARGENTON 17129p. 7th NATIONAL BORDEAUX 1997p. 7th NATIONAL TULLE 5132p. 8th NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 13488p. 9th NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 13488p. 9th NATIONAL ARGENTON 17010p 9th NATIONAL SOUILLAC 7124p. 11st NATIONAL CAHORS 11211p. 11st NATIONAL BOURGES 2415p. 12nd NATIONAL BRIVE 2589p. 12nd NATIONAL BEZIERS 5619p. 13rd NATIONAL LIMOGES 15507p. 13rd NATIONAL BOURGES 4204p. 15th NATIONAL ARGENTON 17129p. 15th NATIONAL NARBONNE 6423p. 15th NATIONAL BOURGES 60887p. 16th NATIONAL CAHORS 9043p. 17th NATIONAL ARGENTON 22017p. 17th NATIONAL BRIVE 5736p. 17th NATIONAL CAHORS 9989p. 17th NATIONAL NARBONNE 7325p. 18th NATIONAL NARBONNE 7325p. 20th NATIONAL MARSEILLE 4356p. 22nd NATIONAL BRIVE 12761p. 22nd NATIONAL BRIVE 16560p. 23rd NATIONAL CAHORS 8167p. 24th NATIONAL BRIVE 25352p. 24th NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 13708p. 25th NATIONAL BRIVE 9466p. 25th NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 6814p. 25th NATIONAL PAU 2157p 25th NATIONAL BOURGES 2415p. 25th NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 4743p. 25th NATIONAL SOUILLAC 7154p. 26th NATIONAL BOURGES 40401p. 27th NATIONAL SOUILLAC 2925p. 28th NATIONAL ALBI 5063p. 29th NATIONAL BRIVE 25352p. 30th NATIONAL BRIVE 25352p. 31st NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 13988p. 31st NATIONAL BRIVE 2202p. 31st NATIONAL PAU 2183p 31st NATIONAL ARGENTON 15453p. 32nd NATIONAL MARSEILLE 2689p. 33rd NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 9578p. 33rd NATIONAL BOURGES 20179p. 33rd NATIONAL LIMOGES 9222p. 33rd NATIONAL ALBI 5063p. 33rd NATIONAL NARBONNE 5619p. 35th NATIONAL BEZIERS 5886p. 36th NATIONAL LIMOGES 8869p. 37th NATIONAL BARCELONA 3135p. 38th NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 17315p. 38th NATIONAL BRIVE 7446p. 39th NATIONAL PAU 2052p. 39th NATIONAL BRIVE 16815p 39th NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 5438p 40th NATIONAL MARSEILLE 2696p. 41st NATIONAL LIMOGES 8883p. 42nd NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 6711p. 42nd NATIONAL ALBI 5063p. 43rd NATIONAL LIMOGES 21929p. 43rd NATIONAL DAX 6138p. 43rd NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 8072p. 45th NATIONAL NARBONNE 5619p. 46th NATIONAL DAX 4170p. 46th NATIONAL MARSEILLE 5159p. 47th NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 9578p. 48th NATIONAL BRIVE 23142p. 50th NATIONAL BOURGES 12302 52nd NATIONAL SOUILLAC 6475p. 53rd NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 8072p. 54th NATIONAL NARBONNA 6830p 57th NATIONAL BRIVE 9466p. 57th NATIONAL BOURGES 40401p. 57th NATIONAL SOUILLAC 7358p. 58th NATIONAL BOURGES 19396p. 58th NATIONAL CAHORS 7340p. 58th NATIONAL ALBI 5063p. 58th NATIONAL NARBONNE 6033p. 59th NATIONAL BARCELONA 12731p. 59th NATIONAL PAU 2157p 60th NATIONAL CAHORS 11090p. 61st NATIONAL ARGENTON 15453p. 62nd NATIONAL PAU 2157p 63rd NATIONAL CASTRES 4104p. 64th NATIONAL MARSEILLE 4615p. 64th NATIONAL PAU 2212p. 66th NATIONAL SOUILLAC 2925p 67th NATIONAL NARBONNE 9104p 67th NATIONAL PERPIGNAN 4086p. 67th NATIONAL BRIVE 3970p. 68th NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 9578p. 69th NATIONAL BRIVE 20611p. 70th NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 6901p. 70th NATIONAL BRIVE 14521p 70th NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 5438p 71st NATIONAL PAU 1828p 71st NATIONAL ALBI 5063p. 72nd NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 9578p. 73rd NATIONAL ARGENTON 17010p. 74th NATIONAL SOUILLAC 6475p. 74th NATIONAL LIBOURNE 6767p 75th NATIONAL ORANGE 6751p. 75th NATIONAL PERPIGNAN 3796p. 75th NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 13708p. 75th NATIONAL PERPIGNAN 6257p 77th NATIONAL SOUILLAC 7214p. 77th NATIONAL DAX 4534p. 77th NATIONAL PERPIGNAN 4086p. 78th NATIONAL LA SOUTERRAINE 14957p. 78th NATIONAL PERPIGNAN 6246p. 79th NATIONAL BOURGES 23694p. 79th NATIONAL BOURGES 38169p. 79th NATIONAL BRIVE 16007p 79th NATIONAL BOURGES 2415p. 80th NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 7220p. 81st NATIONAL LIMOGES 16945p. 81st NATIONAL PAU 2157p 82nd NATIONAL CAHORS 11838p. 82nd NATIONAL NARBONNE 6423p. 82nd NATIONAL BRIVE 23510p. 82nd NATIONAL DAX 5189p.5894p 82nd NATIONAL CAHORS 83rd NATIONAL BOURGES 10049p. 84th NATIONAL SOUILLAC 5985p. 84th NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 7352p. 85th NATIONAL MONTAUBAN 7764p. 85th NATIONAL BOURGES 49153p. 87th NATIONAL LIMOGES 21313p. 87th NATIONAL NARBONNE 6092p. 88th NATIONAL BRIVE 9466p. 88th NATIONAL BOURGES 24612p. 88th NATIONAL BRIVE 23475p. 89th NATIONAL BOURGES 67985p. 92nd NATIONAL CAHORS 9275p. 92nd NATIONAL CASTRES 4101p. 93rd NATIONAL BRIVE 4719p. 94th NATIONAL LIMOGES 24084p. 94th NATIONAL PERPIGNAN 7189p. 97th NATIONAL ARGENTON 32442p.