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Frans and Louis
It was a very sunny spring day when we went to Geetbets to have a look
at the 1st national ace bird middle distance. But we were too late to
take this bird in the hand because this top bird was already sold, which
didn't surprise us. Such birds are desired like nothing else. The nice
part of this whole deal is that this national top bird has not been sold
to the Far East but has stayed in the loft of the famous family Herbots.
From my perspective as a Belgian fancier, I think it's nice when this
Even though we could not see or handle the Nijnses' national ace pigeon in his home loft, we were curious about the system, strains and so on of this winning loft. The name Nijns didn't ring a bell and that was again the proof that not all good racing performances are known in every corner of Belgium. And I must say if you talk about the Nijnses' loft, then we're talking about a very strong middle-distance loft, because if you win 1st prize 35 times in one season, then you're not an average fancier.
To have the best middle-distance bird of Belgium in your loft, you have to take the best five results of the same pigeon on races between 250km and 400km whereby the total of the five races has to be a minimum of 1.300km. The fact that the bird flew and changing the direction of the races to one from Germany had a very negative influence on the different championships. Also in this ace bird competition, it was extremely hard to classify a bird. With the exception of the 1st national ace, all the other birds had a very high coefficient. The winning bird of Nijns had a coefficient of 1.44%. The second one, Dhanyns Julien and Dirk, had a coefficient of 2.64%. And the third position, which was taken by Steveninck Benny, had even a coefficient of 4.06%!
The national ace bird received the name "Kenzo." "Kenzo" (B04-2116092) looks like a very nice cock, and of course his performance list looks even better. Meanwhile, his ex-boss is convinced that "Kenzo" was always very motivated. This motivation was born out of the fact that another cock always wanted to take his peanuts away! In the Nijnses' loft, after the widowers train, they can enter the loft and a few peanuts are always lying ready for each widower. But a cock who is so crazy about these peanuts always enters the loft very quickly and goes in every box to eat the peanuts. "Kenzo" saw this happen a few times and was became angry about this thief. He didn't trust him any more. Another good influence on the performances of "Kenzo" was that his hen didn't lay any more, and so she was always very "hot" to motivate her lover boy.
Frans explains further, "Another lucky thing was that at the time that we all had to go to Germany, 'Kenzo' had a little pox on his eye and stayed home. This was a good thing because a lot of superb pigeons were lost in these races from Germany. By the time 'Kenzo' was cured, we could go again from the direction of France, and he won directly a 1st prize in the Toury race."
The national title of 1st ace bird middle distance was won with following performances: 1st Toury against 701 birds - 4th Toury against 2,446 birds - 1st Toury against 298 birds - 4th Toury 618 birds. These were not the only top performances of "Kenzo" -judge for yourself.
In 2005 and 2006 he won the 15th Bourges against 4,355 birds and then always from Toury 32/2245 - 74/2265 - 59/1661 - 21/349 - 30-451 - 108/1274 - 122/943 - 64/401 - 46/856 - 57-874 - 27/383 - 156/1446 - and so on…
Father of "Kenzo" is B96-2095557-a blue white-feathered cock--directly from the loft of Vos -Jennes (Diest). The "557/96" comes from the coupling "B93-2479854" (Vos Jenns X Evereaerts Albert) X "Amerikaantje" (B92-2195255 - strain Verbruggen x Geyskens Maurice). "Amerikaantje" won 2nd Tours 1,476b., 32nd Argenton 5,064b. and 78th national La Souterraine 21,495b.
Mother of "Kenzo"
is B02-2173333, a chequer hen who has as father "B98-2225709" (strain
Goyvaerts) and was local ace bird short distance '01 and as mother "B00-2355442"
(Vos Jennes X Petrus).
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In that period,
pigeons from Huyskens-Van Riel (through Louis Schodts) also came into
the loft. In the beginning of the eighties, Louis and Frans invested
again. Now they went to Petrus and son from Anderlecht. The loft of
Petrus is known for his direct Janssen Brothers pigeons. Another investment
was made the same year with Louis Goyvaerts (Berlaar). The new investments
paid off, and the results again became much better. In 1990 our future
national champions went to Lambrechts-Lismont and some late breds were
put into the basket. At the end of 1995 some eggs were bought from De
Vos - Jennes and at the same time they bought a young cock. Luckily,
that cock became the father of "Kenzo," 1st national ace bird 2007.
It is a pity that this cock isn't fertile anymore. In 2007 he bred only
one youngster. Other investments were made with Frans Igo (Langdorp),
Albert Everaerts (Halen), Roger Lismont (Geetbets), Leo Anthonissen
(Kalmthout), Boni Wijns (Langdorp) and Vanstraelen Werner (Grazen).
Recently, investments were made with Filip Norman (Westkapelle) and
On the medical scene, the specialized pigeon vet is only consulted
when necessary. Before the breeding season and before the racing season
the vet is certainly visited. Widowers need to train very well, and
this happens twice a day at 8 a.m. and at 6 p.m. The widowers train
with closed windows, and after about one hour they can enter the loft.
When the widowers don't train as wished the flag is used and then they're
obliged to train well. Only when it is cold weather do the widowers
stay inside. Also, after a very difficult race the widowers receive
extra rest and may train only the first time on Tuesday.
RESULTS AND SOME TOPBIRDS
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