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Mathias DeWitte:
1st National Champion KBDB
Middle Distance Young Birds


by Stefan Mertens



 

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Mathias DeWitte



Aviary




Darkening
system




"Lady Gaga"



Pedigree of
"Lady Gaga"



Eye of
"Lady Gaga"



Wing of
"Lady Gaga"





"Dancing Queen"



Pedigree of
"Dancing Queen"













Belsele: Already last year we visited this young champion.  Mathias is only 27 years old. Then he had with “MegaMindy” (B08-4140165) the 1st provincial ace middle distance young birds.



To have the best middle distance bird of the province of East-Flanders, you need to take the best four racing results on races farther than Paris but not farther than Chateauroux. Well, ”Mega Mindy” won with the following results: 2nd Dourdan 663b. – 3rd Dourdan 912b. – 6th Dourdan 1426b. – 1st Dourdan 815b. This was good for a coefficient of 1.1881%.  Super!



After that visit we already had the feeling that it would not be the last time that we visited this loft, and you see?  One year later we’re standing again at the front door of this champion, now to honor him as national champion KBDB young birds middle distance. Who had ever expected that?



Mathias has only been a pigeon fancier since 2002. Before, it was his grandfather Walter who introduced the pigeon sport to his grandson. Grandfather Walter died when Mathias was 13 years old and a few weeks after his death all the pigeons were removed.



Mathias: “My grandmother didn’t like the pigeons, and therefore they were given away. But the lofts stayed in the garden, and the fact that those were still standing there motivated me to start again in 2002 with the pigeon sport. There was one thing I remembered from the advice of my grandfather, and that was when you want to be successful in the pigeon sport you need to have good birds."



"I knew I was going to race the short distance and therefore I contacted a few short distance specialists to buy some birds. First I went to Oscar Van Landeghem (Belsele). Oscar had a lot of pigeons from De Blok Bros, the best short distance racers in our area. I crossed the pigeons from Oscar with some birds which I bought on the market, and believe it or not but from the first season I could classify myself by the champions."



"In 2003 I became general champion of our club.  This was won with the most prizes with the first three nominated pigeons in all the categories (old, year and young birds). Again a season later, I was again champion and I won also all the ace birds titles in my club. I knew enough and I decided to find my pigeon luck on races farther than Paris. This idea was also stimulated due to the contact with Oscar and Koen Brackenier from Oosterzele. One of their young birds was lost and entered my loft. I contacted those people and from that moment on we have been very good friends. Several young birds and even birds with a good racing record came from Oosterzele to Belsele." 



"You can certainly mention that everything happened without paying a single euro! At this moment 75% of my colony is based on the pigeons of Oscar and Koen Brackenier. Next to these pigeons I’m also successful with birds from: Frans Waerniers (Knesselare – line of the famous “Super Ludo duivin”), Roger Debusschere (Lokeren), Devuyst-Ghijssens (Lokeren) and Benny Steveninck (Hamme)."



THEY WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

To become national champion middle distance KBDB, you have to take the best five results with your 1st and 2nd nominated young birds on races from 250km up to a maximum of Orleans. Mathias won this national championship with a coefficient of 18.35% and beat with a lot of power Van Laere Stijn (Kruishoutem – 30.83%) and Van Dijck Danyy (Pulle – 36.06%).



The hen that won the biggest part of the prizes to win the national championship is without any doubt “Lady Gaga” (B09-4095918). “Lady Gaga” has as father a direct Marcel Sangers pigeon namely the “Zenit” (son of “Machine Gun 273/99” X “Daughter Golden Lady 099/02”, a direct Gerard Koopman bird). Mother is “Crackske Ludo”, direct Oscar and Koen Brackenier. “Lady Gaga” won following top prizes: 2nd Angerville 679b., 6th Ecouen 1009b., 4th Angerville 1119b., 5th Angerville 825b., 682nd Gueret 5237b.



And then we had “Dancing Queen” (B09-4095902) in our hands. “Dancing Queen” is a daughter of “Black Oscar” (again direct Oscar and Koen Brackenier – Oosterzele). “Black Oscar” was a late bred of 2006 and was put immediately into the breeding loft. He is a son of “Inteelt Ludo”. Mother “Dancing Queen” is “Maya De Bij” (B04-4169405) bought on the total auction of A. Van Boxelaer from St. Niklaas. “Dancing Queen” won: 2nd Angerville 679b. – 4th Angerville 1119b. – 9th Angerville 825b. – 35th Ecouen 1009b.


 













































































































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Eye of
"Dancing Queen"




Wing of
"Dancing Queen"

Also “Total Eclipse” (B09-4095924) won top prizes for the national championship. “Total Eclipse” is a daughter of the brother of “Mega Mindy” (1st provincial ace 2008). “Total Eclipse” won: 7th Angerville 679b., 136th Angerville 1086b., 149th Bourges 11,355b., 112th Noyon 1212b.



The fourth hen that played a role in the national championship is “Ester” ( B09-4095933). She’s a daughter of the “Zilveren” (direct Brackenier and a son of “Shrek 2”, 1st provincial and 2nd national ace KBDB long distance) . Mother of “Ester”is “Ice Queen”. “Ice Queen” won 7th Dourdan 912b., 12th Dourdan 1179b, 57th Noyon 635b, 61st Dourdan 1413b, 24th Dourdan 529b, 186th national Gueret Zone A 5166b.… and is a full sister of “Dancing Queen”. “Ester” won from Angerville: 8/597 - 29/679 – 32/316 and then 1400th Bourges against 11,335b. – 31st Vierzon 435b. – 741th Argenton 8004b. – 1196th La Souterraine 17,814b.



The last hen who scored points for the national championship is “Yasmine” ( B09-4095930)…a full sister of the just mentioned “Ester”. “Yasmine” won: 55th Angerville 597b.,
103rd Noyon 873b. and so on…
 

Pedigree of
"Total Eclipse"





"Total Eclipse"










The results for the national championship:


Date Race Distance Birds in Race 1st nominated 2nd nominated
6/27 Angerville 351.107 679

2

4095918/09

7

4095924/09

7/11 Angerville 351.107 597

8

4095933/09

55

4095930/09

7/25 Ecouen 266.806 1009

35

4095902/09

6

4095918/09

8/4 Angerville 351.107 1119

4

4095918/09

4

4095902/09

8/15 Angerville 351.107 825

5

4095918/09

9

4095902/09


Total coefficient: 18.3536
 


Wing of
"Total Eclipse"




Eye of
"Total Eclipse"





"Ester"




Pedigree of
"Ester"




Wing of
"Ester"




"Yasmine"




Pedigree of
"Yasmine"



Eye of
"Yasmine"




Wing of
"Yasmine"

 





"I'M NOT A YOUNG BIRD SPECIALIST"



Mathias: “You’re not going to believe me, but I most like to race with the widowers. I have a team of 30 widowers with which I try on the long distance races. But my young birds have performed so well the last two seasons that everybody says that I’m a young bird specialist."



"The breeders are coupled every year around December15th. From the best breeding couples, I put the eggs under another couple so that they can start very quickly with a second round. In two rounds I breed around 70 youngsters each year."



"Of course I darken my youngsters but as I’m still a working guy I use a timer to control the darkening system. Every day the youngsters are darkened from 6 p.m. until 8.30 a.m.



The darkening system starts at the beginning of March and ends June 21st. I can say that it is very dark in the lofts. In the last years, a lot of fanciers combined the darkening system with a lighting system." 



"Well, in my lofts I light only the young hens. Because the young cocks still have to build out a career as a widower, I don’t light them. I want that the young cocks come through the moult well at the end of the year."



"At the beginning of May, I start to toss the young birds. I first start with the first round and when they’re up to 150km I start to toss the second round. I toss my young birds a lot and by a lot I mean really a lot. If the weather is good, I’m on the road every day with those young pigeons. When I toss the young birds I follow certain rules. One rule is that I always toss the birds at the same place until they leave the release place very well. You understand what I want to say"



"During the racing season the young birds are basketted weekly and between two races I toss them twice from 50km. On Tuesday I toss the hens and on Wednesday I toss the hens and the cocks. At the time of arrival on Wednesday the cocks and hens stay together for several hours. On basketting day (Thursday or Friday) I don’t leave the sexes together but they’re calmly basketted. Thanks to the weekly tosses, they know the system well enough."



SYSTEM

Mathias: "On the medical scene, I treat the first week against trichomoniasis and the following week for two days against ornithosis. To avoid resistance I rotate several brands of medication. With the widowers I always treat individually with tablets.  I treat the young birds through the drinking water. With the young birds, I use eye drops a lot. I like to use oil based drops. I’m convinced that they disinfect better because they stay longer in the eye.  Again, I use several brands like Trafloxal, Fuxitalmine or Clinagel."



"I use supplements a lot. Not that I do something every day on the mixture, but every two days I mix some bakery-yeast, Sedochol or Zell Oxygen on the mixture. On arrival I combine the bakery-yeast with yoghurt and brewer’s yeast powder."


Stefan: "Mathias…thanks again for the time and again congratulations on your very nice racing results. When I see the quality in your loft, then I’m convinced that it will be not the last time that I visit you."

Good luck !


  


 











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