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Bernard Van Renterghem:
2nd, 4th & 7th National Champion
KBDB Short Distance,
2nd National Champion KBDB
Year Birds, and
3rd National Champion Short
Distance KBDB 2010
          


by Stefan Mertens




 

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Bernard
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One of the
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Ventilation in the
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Van Renterghem's
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2nd National
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Pipaix: The first time that I went for a report about Bernard Van Renterghem was because he won in a more than impressive way the national championship middle distance 2006...

Then, Bernard won the national championship with a very low coefficient. Nobody else was in the neighborhood. Now four racing seasons later we went again to the Rue de Barry, nr. 8 . It is a pity that we may not congratulate Bernard over a national title, but we have to see things as they are.  Accordingly, we must say that Bernard’s pigeons performed extremely well during the 2010 season. The way that they classified themselves in the national championships is really impressive. We found in the 2010 national championships the name Van Renterghem in the following places: 2nd national champion KBDB year birds, 2nd – 4th -7th national ace KBDB short distance, 3rd national champion KBDB short distance! Who did ever better?


NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

2nd National Champion Year Birds
This championship is won with the best six results with 1st and 2nd nominated year birds. Bernard had a coefficient of 21,3713. The national champion, Delhez Didier, had a coefficient of 20,4617% .  In other words Bernard was beaten by an extremely slight margin.


Date

Race

Participating Birds

1st Nominated

2nd Nominated

04/25

Ecouen

798

6

10

05/16

Ecouen

395

3

8

05/23

Bourges
400 km

17,138

628

168

05/29

Dourdan
278 km

448

16

20

06/13

Pont

301

1

3

06/26

Orleans
320 km

311

5

3




3rd National Champion Short Distance
For this championship, you need to take the best six results with 1st and 2nd nominated old birds on the short distance (maximum 250km).

Date

Race

Participating Birds

1st Nominated

2nd Nominated

4/18

Pont
160 km

1036

16

13

4/25

Ecouen
192 km

1105

8

82

5/09

Pont

573

9

1

5/23

Pont

443

2

5

6/13

Pont

296

2

1

7/4

Pont

312

5

1



2nd national ace short distance: B08-911369
This with following results:

Date

Race

Participating Birds

Prize

04/11

Noyon
119 km

770

1

04/25

Pont

1036

4

04/25

Ecouen

1105

1

05/09

Pont

573

1

06/20

Ecouen

230

1

08/01

Pont

223

1




4th national ace short distance: B07-9000944

Date

Race

Participating Birds

Prize

04/18

Pont

1036

1

04/25

Ecouen

1105

2

05/23

Pont

443

1

06/06

Ecouen

326

2

06/13

Pont

296

1

07/04

Pont

312

1



FROM FATHER TO SON

Bernard Van Renterghem has been a pigeon fancier for more than 30 years. As a child he was often in the pigeon loft of his father. When his father stopped racing birds, Bernard and his brother decided to continue their father’s hobby. They divided all the work, with Bernard’s brother taking care of the breeders and the young birds and Bernard concentrating himself on the widowers. Short distance and now and then a middle distance race were their favorite races.


They were not the big champions, but they enjoyed themselves and that was the most important thing. But life can be hard and Bernard’s brother died young. Bernard thought about leaving the pigeon sport. The loss of his brother and the fact that he has a full-time job made it difficult to perform well with pigeons. But suddenly Bernard got help, from his mother Jeanne and his nephew Matthias. We can definitely say that Bernard is the fancier. He directs what happens in the loft and the other two do exactly what Bernard asks.  


And now the base of this top colony. After making an analysis, we can say that 40% is still the old base of his father and 60% are birds of Andre Roodhooft. The old base is a mix of birds of Marcel Coudou (Obignies), Collard François (Marbais-la-Tour) and Robert François (Thulin). In 2003 Bernard made a golden move by buying 40 eggs from Andre Roodhooft. The babies born from those eggs all raced, and from one moment to another Bernard became the champion of his region. Bernard was so happy about those birds that in 2006 he bought another 50 eggs.  During the last years, he also bought birds from Herbots Gebroeders, Marc Capelle and Baert Damien.


WIDOWHOOD

All the birds are coupled on 26th of November. By all the birds we mean 27 widowers. It sounds perhaps strange but Bernard doesn’t have breeders. He has a special system to breed more youngsters out of the best widowers, and therefore he does not need breeders. The best 10 widowers are moved to a box and there they are coupled with several hens. When a hen has laid, the eggs are moved under another couple. This system is followed till the beginning of March, and by following this system Bernard breeds several young birds out of his best widowers.


On March 5th, the widowers get their box back in the widowhood loft and are immediately coupled. After three days of brooding, they’re on widowhood for the rest of the season. This system does not stimulate the moult. Regarding this second coupling, Bernard waits until the weather is good, because when they are coupled on one day, they are tossed the same day. This toss is not far, only 10 km, but every day for a full week. “I know that 10 km is not far,” Bernard explains, “but I do this because I want the birds to leave the release place very well. A good start is already half the battle.”














































































































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4th National Ace


















7th National Ace





SYSTEM

When the birds come home from a race, the hen is waiting in the box. In the beginning of the season they stay together for 10 minutes, later in the season a little bit longer. In the drinker they receive pure water. Only when the weather is hot do they receive some electrolytes. The widowers are fed individually twice a day. They widowers always get enough food. “As a supplement,” Bernard says, “twice a week I give Optimix (Herbots) and Aminovit in the drinker.”
On Sunday morning, they get a lukewarm bath. The widowers are then very relaxed. Of his feeding regimen, Bernard says, “As a base mixture I feed one which I compose myself. The composition is 20% wheat, 20% barley, 20% dari, 15% little French maïze, 10% cardy, 10% paddy rice and 5% buckwheat. I feed the pigeons up with a racing mixture and a mixture very rich in fat. On a medical level, I treat against trichomoniasis when the birds are brooding, with a product based on ronidazole. Against ornithosis they get only an antibiotic when it is necessary.”


SOME 2010 RESULTS

Noyon 395b.: 1-2-3-4-5-8-10-22-26-27-36,… (25)
Noyon 770b.: 1-2,3,4,6,7,13, 34,38… (25)
Pont 1,036b. 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,13,15,16,23,26, 52 … (17)
Pont 573b.: 1-2-5-6-7-9-11-14-15-17 … (17)
Ecouen 515b. 1-2-3-4-8-9-10 …. (12)
Ecouen 392b.: 1-2-3-4-6-8-9-15 … (22)
Pont 443b.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-12-14-17 … (20)
Pont 296b.: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-12-16-17 …(14)

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