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Kamiel and Gerry Hazaert:
National Champion
Year Birds 2009

by Stefan Mertens


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Gerry and Kamiel





The widowers' loft



Inside the widowers




Left--young birds,



Loft of the





Young birds 2010

The best
breeding couple

Neerijse:  It was during one of the first sunny spring days that I had an appointment with the national champion KBDB ’09 category year birds. The champion in this category is the father and son partnership of Kamiel and Gerry Hazaert from Neerijse. The Hazaert colony is not a well known loft, but it earns extremely good racing results. Because actions speak louder than words, we note for you the 1st prizes won over the last three seasons: 2009: 22 x 1st  - 2008: 26 x 1st – 2007: 24 x 1st .

In 2008 the Hazaert family was 4th national champion KBDB, and now they’re standing in the spotlight as 1st national champion KBDB! By the way, they also won the 9th national ace great middle distance KBDB ’09 !
To be honest…I was more than impressed with the quality of the Hazaert pigeons. They were all well muscled, nicely built, had a lot of soft feathers, and they had all very beautiful eyes! Personally, I have never seen so much quality in one loft !

The name Hazaert stands for the 3rd generation of pigeon fanciers. First there was Louis and now we have the father-son partnership Kamiel and Gerry. They race under the name of Kamiel, but in fact it is son Gerry who says what will be done in the lofts. His fanatic strategy is without any doubt the key to their success.
Gerry and Kamiel started the ’09 racing season  with 44 widowers, 20 hens on widowhood and about 100 young birds (bred in 3 rounds). For the season 2010 the team will be made up of 34 widowers and 9 hens on widowhood. This is the result of a severe selection. Every week they basket pigeons for the short- and middle distance races, but their main targets are the races between 400 and 600km.

I’ve heard that you won the national championship with hens on widowhood…is this true?

That is the truth. Since 2004, every year we race a team of year bird hens. You heard it correctly: I’m just talking about year bird hens no old hens. The old racing hens are transferred to the breeding loft or are selected out.
You know what? If you analyze everything very well we have to conclude that our third round bred in 2008 was of a superior level . When we talk about the young bird races, then we are talking about the performances of the first and second round.

We breed a third round, but they’re seen as a group of reserve birds. You know what I mean.  We certainly take care of those third round birds, but they are not liberated at fixed hours.  They’re not darkened, and when we toss them we always drive a little bit further than we first thought. But in spite of those “handicaps” this third round came directly home from the first races quickly. It was no exception that this third round came home better than the well prepared first and second round. Believe it or not, but following our ideas this third round was housed in the worst loft--namely a kind of greenhouse rebuilt into a pigeon loft. After the season, those young birds stayed in that bad loft, and they won the national championship. From the first race it was already bingo!

Can you tell more about your system with the hens?

The hen team was coupled on the 15th of March.  As a partner they received an old breeding cock. They could breed a couple of youngsters, but when the youngsters were 15 days old, the hens were separated. Because the racing season starts the first weekend of April, they flew their first races on brooding and little babies. Afterwards they were raced on widowhood.

Once the hens were on widowhood they were basketed weekly, first on the short distance and then on the middle and great middle distance races. On basketing day the hens are not motivated. Without showing them anything, they are basketed. Only on arrival day can they receive their partner, and they can hug till late at night or even until the morning after.

Hens need to be fed properly. This means not too much and not too heavy. I prefer to work with protein poor mixtures (Gerry Plus – Versele Laga). On Sunday and Monday, I feed 50% Gerry Plus and 50% Super Diet. On Tuesday it is 50% Gerry Plus and 50% a sport mixture. On Wednesday and Thursday (basketing day) I feed 100% sport mixture and some peanuts as a supplement.  

As a fancier you need to be very attentive that the hens don’t pair with each other. To avoid this in our lofts, the hens stay on perches which are attached to the front of their closed box. I constructed everything so that the hens don’t see each other. But despite all these construction details, there are always a few hens who like each other. When I see this, I try to motivate these two hens for the following race and the hen who’s first can stay. The other one is selected out.

And on a medical level?

Before and after the racing season, I treat the pigeons against trichomoniasis and paratyphus. Against trichomoniasis I treat with Tricho Plus, and against paratyphus with Theraprim. I don’t vaccinate against paratyphus. During the racing season I treat against trichomoniasis after the third race. I repeat this treatment after a month. During the racing season, I substitute Tricho Plus with ¼ tablet of Flagyl. I treat against ornithosis only when it is necessary.

What is the main base of your colony?

You have to divide our pigeon career in two parts. The first part is the period that my father raced on his own. He had pigeons of every fancier in the neighborhood, and he enjoyed the pigeon sport in his way. In ’95 I joined and immediately we invested in new birds. From several good racing fanciers we bought pigeons or eggs. You can say that nowadays our colony is built 50% with birds from René and Patrick Drayé (St. Joris Weert).  The other 50% is formed by pigeons of De Munter and sons (Zarlardinge), Frans Stroobants (Overijse), Hubert Schroyens (Itegem), Henri en Danny Van Avondt (Haacht), Leo en Christophe Van Horenbeeck (Wijgmaal), Raymond Aerts (Bertem), Robert Verheyden (Tielt Winge), Eddy Renmans (Nieuwrode) and Leo De Jonghe. Last winter we invested in birds from Deno-Herbots (Leefdaal).

We have 16 breeding couples, and we couple always “good X good”. Our best breeder is without any doubt “Den 23” (2240523/2004). “Den 23” won these races : Sens 1/344b (5/1233b.)  - Toury 3/299b   (12/3351b)  - Laon  3/476b - La Ferté  2/551b - Soissons  10/388b - Trelou  13/435b  - Sens  4/166b (23/675 d.).  As a two-year-old, we gave him a box in the breeding loft and since then he has given us 16 different first prize winners!


To become national champion year birds, you have to take the best six results with the 1st and 2nd nominated year bird. The total kilometers for the six races has to be a minimum 1,500. Hazaert Kamiel and his son Gerry won with a coefficient of 21.9938%. They beat Dhanijns Julien and Dirk (Evergem – 24.3165%) and Van De Wijngaert August and Johan (Vilvoorde – 28.7764%).


1st nominated

2nd nominated

11/04/09 Momignies:  237 b






03/05/09 Soissons: 290 b






10/05/09 Nanteuil:460 b






23/05/09 Toury: 2399 b






30/05/09 Issoudin: 1817b






250709 Bourges:  3422 b







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Racing hens'


De Bourges duivin :   2058331/2008      
9th National Ace Great middle distance KBDB 2009

Strain: Draye Rene & Patrick – Loppe Marcel & Pierre X Beullens  en zoon – Schauwers Gaston.                        
19/04/09  Laon :  17/419 b
26/04/09 Soissons : 39/276 b
10/05/09 Nanteuil : 96/460 b
16/05/09 Vierzon Prov. 13/1541 b ; Int Prov. 39/4640 b
23/05/09 Bourges Prov. 14/3123 b .  Nat. Zone O  4/6226 b ;  Nat. 245/22499 b
30/05/09 Issoudun Prov. 65/1817 b ;  Int Prov. 239/5848 b
07/06/09 Chateauroux Prov.  676/2476 b
12/07/09 Soissons : 1/65 b
18/07/09 Vierzon : 9/1212 b ;  Int Prov. 114/3124 b
25/07/09 Bourges : 1/3422 b ;  Nat. Zone O 11/6621 b ;  Nat. 26/15335 b


in the widowers'

Gerry and Kamiel

Good contact
is important!


« De 19 duivin” :  2058419/2008

Strain:  Demunter Adrien en zoon
Laon : 1/182 b
Nanteuil : 4/228 b
Mommignies : 5/118 b
Laon : 6/214 b
Nanteuil : 4/460 b  after 3 loft mates
Laon : 7/211 b
Laon : 8/217 b
Ecouen : 4/157 b ;  Prov. 45/1635 b
Soissons : 11/290 b
Vervins : 12/325 b
Nanteuil : 26/288 b
Bourges :Prov.  83/3123 b
Chateauroux : Prov.  127/2331 b
Toury : Int Prov.  129/1949 b

“ De 400 duivin” :  2058400/2008
Strain: Teryn Nico X Van Hoof Patrick
Nanteuil : 2/460 b  na hokgenoot.
Toury : Int Prov. 2/1949 b after loft mate.
Bourges : 8/3422 b ; National  86/15508 b
Vierzon : 29/1541 b
Laon : 5/214 b
Laon : 3/182 b
Soissons : 14/290 b
Ecouen : Prov. 68/1635 b

“De 94 duivin” : 2058394/2008
Strain:  Van Avondt Henri & Danny  X  Blauwe Vierzon I 
Soissons : 3/290 b
Mommignies : 9/118 b
Laon : 9/249 b
Soissons : 8/232 b
Nanteuil : 8/460 b
Chateauroux Prov. 50/2331 b
Montlucon Prov.  55/2067 b

  “Den 12 duiver” : 2058312/2008
Strain:  Van Avondt Henri & Danny  X  Blauwe Vierzon I
Toury : Int Prov.  2/1489 b
Toury : Int Prov.  5/2399 b
Toury : Int Prov. 12/2006 b
Toury : Int Prov. 34/1225 b
Toury : Int Prov. 25/660 b
Mommignies : 4/237 b
Soissons : 20/276 b

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