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Gino Clicque

1st National Champion KBDB Long Distance 2012

by Stefan Mertens


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Hens and Widowers

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Wevelgem: We start our reports about national champions with a report about national champion KBDB Long Distance. To congratulate the national champion we had to drive to West-Flanders and more specific to the South-East region of West-Flanders namely the little town Wevelgem. National Champion is Gino Clicque, not an unknown name in the Belgian pigeon sport.

To become national champion you need to take the best 3 results with 1st and 2nd nominated old birds on the national long distance races. Gino Clicque clocked 3 top results and won with a very low coefficient, never seen before in the history of Belgian pigeon sport.

Hereby the results of Gino Clicque:

Montauban 6,822 birds: 27 (1st nom.) 47 (2nd nom.)

Brive 11,130 birds: 233 (1st nom.) 240 (2nd nom.)

Tulle 6,817 birds: 41 (1st nom.) 43 (2nd nom)

With those results Gino had a coefficient of 6.56% and won before Bolle Georges (14,02%) and De Clercq-Vervaeren (14,40%).


Gino is already his whole life a pigeon fancier. He started in 1972 to race together with his father but unfortunately his father passed away in 1978. Gino was only 16 years old …but although the great loss Gino decided to race further with pigeons. Gino had not a lot of experience in pigeon sport and lucky he could count on the support of fancier Lucien Staelens (Wevelgem). Lucien is a top fancier and he learned Gino everything. The advices of Lucien were followed very good because in 1980 Gino became 6th national champion KBDB Youth.

But during the years Gino invested a lot in pigeons and nowadays we can say that 3 important lines are on the breeding loft: First of all there are the pigeons of Dobbelaere Robert (Marke). Gino "In fact I bought only 1 bird in a public auction and that was “De Robert” of 1992. This cock became a real top breeder. Second line are the birds of Antoon and Hilde Reynaert (Passendale). Birds out of the line of “Goen” and “Figo” were very successful. Third line are the Meulemans pigeons through Wilfried Van De Maele. The line of “Spencer” played a very important role."

Gino “Concerning the breeding I can say that I believe a lot in very good breeding lines. Breeding lines who gave already during several generations and by several fanciers top winners. I like to re-couple a lot my breeders. I have a lot of lofts, a lot a possibilities to re-couple in a very easy way the breeders.


Gino “Before I was known as a young bird specialist. I won a lot of important races but the last years I concentrated myself on the long distance races. I’m very lucky that my birds perform also very good as an old bird on the long distance birds because 2008 I became 3rd national ace KBDB Great Middle Distance with “Piraat”. In 2010 I won 2nd national ace KBDB Great Middle Distance with “Super Prins” and now 1st national champion KBDB Long Distance.

As already said I have a lot of lofts and in total I have a racing team of 72 widowers and 28 racing hens. The widowers are coupled end of November. When I couple my widowers end November I couple them against my best racing hens. They breed a couple of babies and I let them come a immediately a second time. Those eggs are put under other couples, so I have from my most important widowers and my most important racing hens 4 early bred young birds. This is a big advantage to test the racers at the same time as a breeder.

The widowers are separated a short time and a second coupling is made end of March. Then they are coupled with their “widowers hen”. The widowers are housed on 5 different lofts and I try to race each loft on the same race, but this is very difficult. A bad race, bad weather… your program is very fast not actual anymore. After the short and middle distance races, the old widowers are separated in two groups.

Feeding: The widowers are always fed together. They are fed in one feeder and every widower (if he stays home of if he will be basketed) receives the same menu. I feed a racing mixture with red and yellow maize. When they are coming home from a race they receive 100% racing mixture. The day after arrival I feed 50% racing mixture + 50% depurative. When the birds go to a great middle distance race I feed the last 4 meals 100% racing mixture and if they are going for a long distance race then they receive the last 6 meals 100% racing mixture. When I feed the birds I’m always on the loft… I feed always enough…as a fancier you must feel this.

By – products: Two times a week I administer liquid vitamins (Gervit W) and on the mixture I mix in the begin of the week brewer’s yeast + some garlic oils. When the pigeons come home from a race I mix electrolytes in the drinker.

Medical level: Concerning this matter I’m very honest. Every week specialized pigeon vet Pascal Lanneau comes to my home to control the race team. I do this because I do not want to cure without knowing if it is necessary yes or no. Therefore I go for “controlled curing”. Against tricho we cure on regular base. Against ornithose I cured in 2012 twice. Once I cured the team with Soludox and once I cured the team with amoxycure.

Motivation: That is very important. Certainly for the last races I will extra motivate my team. I will open some empty boxes or I will put some extra perches on the loft. Everything is good to motivate the birds.

I never show the hens to the widowers on basketing day. They just receive their nest bowl and that is enough for old birds. I like to basket the long distance birds very calm, it is not good that they are stressed on basketing day.

Training: The widowers train twice a day. I make sure that they stay during certainly 30 minutes in the air and then they can do what they want. If they do not train as wished I will put out a flag so that they obliged to stay in the air. During the trainings I like to observe the pigeons. Pigeons in top conditions show this always.


Gino “The hens are weekly basketted for the great middle distance races. Some fanciers basket the hens every week on the 500km races, but after two 500km races they fly a 300km or 250km race. Once again…everything depends how hard the season is .

The hens are siting during the week in a kind of aviary. Inside this aviary the hens can sit in special boxes. The boxes are small and avoid that they can sit with two hens in one box. If there are two hens who pair with each other, then one goes to another loft.

Motivation: On basketting day the hens receive during 1.5 hour their partner. We put first the hens half box and then we let the cocks outside. The cocks make some rounds around the loft and come then inside the hens loft. This motivate the hens a lot. I leave the couples about 15 minutes half box and then they can come together for about a good hour. After the race the cocks stay by the hens till the day after.

Feeding: just the same as by the widowers


Gino “every year I breed for own use about 150 young birds. These are bred in two rounds. The young birds are darked from end of February till 21st of June. I dark from 6pm till 8 am. The young birds are not lightened after the darking period.

We have 4 national races for the young birds and I concentrate myself on the last two. The young birds of the 1st round are raced on the sliding door system . The young birds of the 2nd round are raced on nest position. I calculate everything good so that I can couple my young birds at the right moment so that they are in the ideal nest position for the last two national races.


We like to congratulate Gino and his team once more with this national championship. We are very impressed by the quality of his team and we are more than convinced that we have not seen the last top performance of this loft.

The motivation of Gino to win is of a very high level and with top birds such as “”Pacha”, “Young Piraat” and “Ronaldo”…it is even hard to lose !


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