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1st National Champion KBDB Yearbirds
1st National Ace-Pigeon Middle Distance
by Stefan Mertens
often speak about "the season of their dreams," but if you analyze their
racing-results very well, most can only speak about a little dream or
a day-dream. But if you ask me which Belgian fancier really had the season
of his dreams, then I would certainly mention the name Jean-Marc Thibaut
and his wife, Anne Sofie Boons, from Sombreffe. Friends of this husband-wife
combination say with a laugh, "If they had basketted their drinker, it
would also win a top-prize."
Jean-Marc is a well-known pigeon fancier in the French speaking part of Belgium. He's known not only for the superb results of his pigeons, but also for the fact that he's the owner of the biggest "pigeon-shop" from Wallonië. It's a very nice shop with the name "Pigeon D'Or" (translated Golden Pigeon). From miles away people come to this shop. Not only because you can find almost everything for the pigeons, but also for the fact that Jean-Marc is always ready to give good advice. This is very important and is a welcome assistance for everybody.
Jean-Marc says, "Don't expect a lot of lofts here. You're at the place of a little fancier. The pigeon shop and the lofts are a few miles from each other, and I can guarantee you that this is not always so easy . Maybe you recognize the following situation. You let your pigeons train and some of the widowers want to stay outside. Man, I can be nervous in these situations. On one hand the pigeon shop has to be open, and on the other hand I want that widower to come in because the youngbirds also need to make their rounds around the loft. I'm lucky that at such moments I can count on the help of my wife Anne-Sofie. I can give her a short explanation of what needs to be done and I can go to work with a good feeling."
"The 2005 season started with 20 widowers," Jean-Marc explains. "I quickly divide these into small groups to basket on different disciplines. Four are going weekly to the middle distances (races around 300 km), a few to the great middle distance (races around 500km) and the others to the long distance. For the very long distance races I have seven hens in a separate loft."
"What is the strain (base) of my pigeons?" Jean-Marc muses. "Well, through the years I bought successful pigeons from Bouvier (pigeons from Remi Hoebrechts from Hoeleden), Loppe Marcel and Pierre (Rixensart - the national champions on the middle distance 2005), Eugene Simon (pigeons from Grondelaers and Marc Roosens), Pros Roosen (Kermt), Armand Schoolmeester (Kermt), Delpasse-Lardenoye (pigeons from Koen Minderhoud or in other words Vandenabeele pigeons). These strains can be found in the pedigrees of my 15 breeding couples.
Jean-Marc says, "Don't ask me if I did something special this year. To be honest, I don't know. I did everything as in the years before, and this year they won top-prizes from the first till the last weekend. The top condition was more than present and the further the season went, the better the condition came. Unbelievable!
"In the middle of December the widowers were coupled and after breeding a couple of youngsters they came in a kind of 'winter regime,'" Jean-Marc continues. "They were fed twice a day and the morning menu was a mix of 50% Super Diet and 50% Gerry Plus I.C. In the evening they received a good moulting mixture. I never feed as much as they want. In the morning they receive 10 grams and in the evening 15 grams. Products which I find very important to give during this winter period are natural products. For 5 days I give a product based on Aviol but enriched with Propolis and Echinacea or a liquid herb product which has a very good influence on the respiratory system."
"I make a second coupling on April 1st. After a few days of nesting they
go into widowhood. During the racing season, I always follow a very strict
schedule," Jean-Marc explains. "Feeding, by products and medication--it
must be something very serious to do anything different than what is noted
on the schedule."
"Let us start with the arrival of the birds," continues Jean-Marc without any interruption. "When the pigeons arrive they find electrolytes (Belgasol) in the drinker. As a mixture they get a 'heavy' mixture which consists of 1/3 Superstar Plus IC, 1/3 Champion Plus IC and 1/3 Super M. In the evening (just before it is really dark) I take all the widowers in the hand. This is an ideal way to feel if the birds are already recuperated and if the condition is still present. If the birds have flown in rainy or cold weather, I put the heating plates on and I drop them with the drops from Belgica-De Weerd."
"On Sunday the widowers are disinfected against tricho the first week and against ornithosis the second week," Jean-Marc says. "I use the products of specialized pigeon vet Henk De Weerd (Belgica De Weerd). I always treat through the drinking water, and at the same time I mix on the corn the above mentioned liquid Herb product or the Aviol product. At the end of the week I like to give vitamins, these are also given on the mixture. Most of the time I mix first Zell Oxygen and then I dry it with Aminovit (Herbots Products)."
"My feeding system is simple," Jean-Marc explains. "Heavy on arrival day and then five meals ½ Gerry Plus I.C. (protein poor mixture) and ½ Super Diet. After those meals, I feed five meals the above mentioned heavy mixture. On basketting day I'm used to pass, after they've received their heavy meal, with a portion Energy Plus IC (a mixture of fine seeds which have a high fat level) and a mix of different kinds of maize. Again I feed following a fixed system, 15 grams in the morning and 20 grams in the evening. A little detail is that I feed individually in the morning and in the evening on the ground."
"Motivation is important," Jean-Marc says, "but I don't do anything special to motivate the widowers. The first month of the season, the hens are never showed before basketting. Afterwards I handle like a lot of other fanciers. At the end of the season I sometimes open an empty box but that is all. Sometimes fanciers ask me if 'Kimi' (the national ace-pigeon) was motivated in one or the other way. But I must answer no. I can say that he didn't receive a VIP (very important pigeon or is it very important person?) treatment."
HOW TO BECOME A NATIONAL CHAMPION YEARBIRDS
To win the national championship yearbirds, you have to take the seven best results with your 1st and 2nd nominated yearbirds. The races have a minimum distance of 50km and in total over the seven races calculated you need a minimum 2000 km. Races organized between the 2nd April and the 7th August can be taken (races held during the week don't count). A minimum of 100 pigeons must participate in the race and also a minimum of 10 fanciers.
05/01/05 Race: La Ferte (205 km) - 151 birds - First nominated 1 - Second nominated 3
05/06/05 Race: Sens (275 km) - 643 birds -
First nominated 3 - Second nominated 5
05/14/05 Race: Lorris (330 km) - 591 birds -
First nominated 2 - Second nominated 10
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05/28/05 Race: Orleans (349 km) - 908 birds -
First nominated 2 - Second nominated 1
06/25/05 Race: Orleans - 226 birds -
First nominated 9 - Second nominated 5
07/16/05 Race: Gien - 160 birds -
First nominated 1 - Second nominated 2
08/06/05 Race: Lorris - 218 birds -
First nominated 1 - Second nominated 4
Our friends won this national championship with a co-efficient of 16.6173%. This just before Deno-Herbots (26.3764%) and Hollanders Kenny (27.0470%).
IN THIS WAY YOU HAVE A NATIONAL ACE-PIGEON
To have a bird among the best pigeons of Belgium for the middle distance, you have to take the five best results, obtained by the same bird, prizes 1/10, this on races between 250km and 400km with a minimum participation of 150 birds and a minimum of 10 different fanciers. The total amount of kilometres of the five races is a minimum of 1500 kilometres. Only results with old and year birds are taken into consideration. The results must be won in the period between 7th May and 20th August, with the exception of Bourges II national.
As already mentioned "Kimi" (B04-8008110) was the best bird and this with the following prizes:
05/07/05 Race: Sens - 643 birds - Prize 3
05/14/05 Race: Lorris - 1285 birds - Prize 3
05/28/05 Race: Orleans - 1125 birds - Prize 2
06/11/05 Race: Lorris - 992 birds - Prize 4
08/06/05 Race: Lorris - 244 birds - Prize 1
"Kimi" had a co-efficient of 1.6909% and beat Sibille Désiré (2.5455%) and Kemerlinckx Leon (2.6112%).
If we look very closely at the pedigree of "Kimi," then we come to a lot of famous Belgian middle distance fanciers.
Father of "Kimi" is B98-9159660. This beautiful cock comes directly from Eugene Simon and is a cross of Jan Grondelaers X Roosens Marc.
Mother of "Kimi" is B02-8027185. She is a pure Pros Roosen product. As father we have B01-5025754 (comes from the "Muis" X "Kleindochter Late Tom") and as mother "Muis Duivin" (daughter "F16" X "351/95").
With Thibaut-Boons we have a champion to be proud of!
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