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SCHMITZ JOSEPH  - BAELEN
THE SAME WEEKEND 1e NATIONAL TULLE OLD BIRDS AND 1e NATIONAL NARBONNE OLD BIRDS

 

       
by Stefan Mertens


 

 

 

 

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SCHMITZ JOSEPH  - BAELEN
THE SAME WEEKEND 1e NATIONAL TULLE OLD BIRDS AND 1e NATIONAL NARBONNE OLD BIRDS

Baelen: For several years now, we visit the national winners and we already saw many unique results like fanciers that won 2 national victories in one season or those that won a national victory as well with the old and the yearlings or with the youngsters. But what Schmitz Joseph did last weekend was really exceptional. At 18.11 PM, he clocked his "B13-1024929", at a speed of 1344,14 m/m. Hereby, he beat not only the 6.232 old birds but he also was the fastest against all 14.888 Tulle racers. We phoned Joseph to congratulate him and to ask if we could visit him for the article. "No problem, you can visit me," he said, "I'm still waiting for my pigeons from Narbonne to arrive and there's nothing more beautiful than watch the pigeons arrive from a long distance race". At that moment, nobody could have thought that Joseph would win another national victory. Exactly 2 hours and 43 minutes after his Tulle winner arrived, his blue Narbonne winner, the  "B10-1022822" was clocked.  He did this at a speed of 1115, 11 m/m and so national winner against 4.076p...  Without realising it well, Joseph wrote pigeon history!

HIGH AND DRY

Baelen is situated between the famous cities Verviers and Eupen but it's still just a part of the province of Luik. It's in the Route D' Eupen number 224 where we find 2 national winners. If you want to go into the lofts, you have to climb 3 steep stairs because the widowers stay on the 3rd floor of Joseph's house. The lofts are full with fresh air and very dry, it's real cosy.

Joseph started the season with a team of 24 old and 30 yearling widowers. "I completely choose for the long distance races," he sais, "There are not many fanciers in this area and the game of the speed- and middle distances are not that interesting. My yearlings were paired twice before the season; once at the beginning of February and the second time at the beginning of March. Both times, they could breed for about 5 days. According to me, this is the ideal way so they learn to know their boxes. The old widowers get together at the beginning of March and after breeding 5 days, the widowhood starts.

I have 4 compartments for my widowers and I try to play them as much as possible peer compartment but everybody knows that this is almost not possible to do. I divide my old widowers in 4 groups: one group has to do the races of the Route du Rhône, another group has to do Barcelona and Perpignan, the third does Cahors, Bordeaux, Narbonne and the last group has to do Limoges, Brive, Montbauban, Tulle or Libourne.

THE CARE-TAKING

Very important within the pigeon sport is: good pigeons and good care-taking. To feed them, I use 3 mixtures of Versele-Laga and 1 of Mariman, which I mix together.  This is my basic food and because I feed them all together, I do this by my "feeling".  It all depends on the difficulty of the race, if it was hot or cold weather. As by-products, I use Gluco Pure at their arrival back home, regularly I use apple-vinegar in the drinking water and sometimes I moisten the food with garlic juice and dry it with beer yeast. On regular times, they also receive some vitamins in the drinking water.

On medical level: before the season, the pigeons are set free of all known diseases. During the season, till and with Brive, they don't get treated against cancer.  Once Brive has been done, the widowers are treated individually.  Against ornithoses, they get treated once before the season and that's it.

MOTIVATION

If both national winners were extra motivated? "No, not at all, " Joseph answers, "Before all races above 600km, I just show their hens for about 5 minutes before basketing. Nothing else is done. "

With Tulle and Narbonne, Joseph wins his 3rd national victory in his career. Before he also won Brive in 2001. In 2000, Joseph had the 1st National Ace-pigeon LD KBDB on his loft. No doubt that he owns a very strong colony. Throughout the years, his base was formed by pigeons of Bostyn, Tossens, Ballmann Dieter, Nouwen Paesen, Deneufbourg and some friend's fanciers.

Joseph, congratulations with this unique result!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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