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Vandenheede - Freddy & Jacques:
1st National Ace-Pigeon Middle Distance Old Birds KBDB 2013

        
by Stefan Mertens


 

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VANDENHEEDE, FREDDY AND JACQUES


“NEVER HAD A BETTER SEASON…”


By Stefan Mertens


In front of me, the Vandenheede brothers … Freddy and Jacques or should I write
Jacques and Freddy… two very happy fanciers! Two fanciers, who realise that the
season 2013 was one to put in a frame. A season of which they hope to get another
one like that but both champions are bright enough to realise that that won’t be that
easy. To those who have left the “pigeon world” for 6 months, we would like to give
an overview of the championships and the titles on national level during the season
2013!


1st National Ace-pigeon Heavy Middle Distance Yrl 2013
1st National Champion KBDB Long Distance Yrl 2013
1st National Ace-pig LD KBDB old birds 2013
1st National Libourne (723km) against 6,658 old birds (1047,47 m/m)
1st National Libourne (723km) against 6,134 Yrl (1047,75 m/m)
2nd National Champion Heavy Middle Distance KBDB old birds 2013
3rd National Ace-pig Heavy Middle Distance KBDB Yrl 2013
5th National Ace-pig Long distance KBDB Yrl 2013
7th National Ace-pig Heavy Middle Distance KBDB old birds 2013
Just be honest…if you don’t get silent as a fancier by reading this, I don’t know! To
me this is pure class all over!


Freddy and Jacques…congratulations with this fabulous season!


Freddy: “Indeed it was an exceptional season. Sometimes we say to each other… this
can’t be better… and yet, a few months later we have to say “indeed it can”. If we did
something special or made changes! No, no and no again… in fact we did “copy-paste”
of the season 2012. Although we have to be careful by using the term “copy-paste”
because the quality of the fancier is to do the right thing at the right moment.


So now, the beginning of February and your racers are still together?


Jacques: “indeed… you can go and have a look if you want to.  Even with the warm
weather, we left the old and the yearling birds together. When the weather is good,
they even can get outside the whole day long…back to nature! Of course sometimes
we find an egg but that’s taken away immediately. Even we didn’t have a cold winter;
we didn’t find that many eggs. During this “antiess” period, the first weeks there’s
a rich moulting mixture on the menu (a mix of different firms) and once the moulting is
finished, we change to mixture poor of proteins (again a mix of different firms). We
also regularly use some garlic in the drinking water and when it’s not garlic, we use
apple vinegar or Naturaline in the drinking pot.”


When does this “lazy-not-doing-anything” period stop?


Freddy: “The latest till half February, then the cocks and the hens are separated till the
beginning of April and then they come back together to breed for a maximum of 10 days.
After 10 days, they all are separated and the widowhood starts. First about 4 drives with
our own car till 35 km and then with the club: 3 x short distance, 1 x middle distance and
then Vierzon. After Vierzon, the group gets divided.


Is this preparation the same for the racing hens too?


When you talk about winter, we have to say “yes” but in contrast with the cocks, the racing
hens can raise a couple of youngsters in spring. So we pair them at the beginning of April
and they can do the first races on a nest. We make sure that the hens don’t drop any more
eggs and so they have to be put on widowhood in time.


Do you have the same number of racers as the last season?


Freddy: “Yes… for the old and yearling birds there are 70 racing hens and 70 widowers.
But pay attention…no total widowhood but pure widowhood (the partner stays at home). You
don’t have to think that we don’t select strong because we have such a large racing team.
We’re always looking for the bird that’s able to do 5 national races without being “cracked after
the battle”. So, the old and yearling birds have to give all they have from half of May till and with
Tulle (the beginning of August) because the only selection we use is the prize list. Hereby, 30
out of 70 widowers survived the selection and of 70 hens, only 15 remained. Of our 250
youngsters, 105 got a ticket for the season 2014. Real super pigeons aren’t easy to get and
according to our opinion, a true super bird is one that can win 3 x 1/100 on the national races,
this in combination with other prizes 1/20.


When we talk about the youngsters…you hold on to the nest game?


Jacques: “Why not… you must know that we put most of our energy in the game with the old
and the yearling birds. Every year, we are successful with the youngsters on a nest and also in
2013, they did very well with 2e National Bourges 18,478 youngsters and 2nd and 3rd
National Gueret 11,894b.
 That’s already close to a national victory, isn’t it!  Last year we
talked about the fact if a young bird is able to do 7 nationals in a row and we can easily say
“yes”. We only ask ourselves if that young bird can do as well as a yearling and an old bird
because normally a good youngster should be a good yearling and an old bird.
Our youngsters sit all year long on straw, which is cosy for the animals and humans. A big
advantage of straw on the floor is that almost all nests are built on the floor. So during the
season, we always have to watch out where we put our feet, a wrong move can destroy a nest.
The fact that the young birds have their nests so close to each other, gives a certain ambiance on
the loft, read motivation. Our youngsters are put in on all sorts of positions, only when they have
“very little” youngsters, they are put in on a race with only one night in the basket.
The young birds are darkened from March 23rd till half of June, from 18.00 hours till 7 in the
morning. We don’t give them light afterwards. Last season, when we put them in for Gueret,
most young birds had thrown 2 till 3 feathers.


What do you do on medical level?


Before we pair them the first time in March, we visit the specialised vet. Before the season,
the racers were treated for 6 days against cancer and during the season, every weekend 1 day
against cancer and for the heads, in 2013, twice for 5 days with a product of the vet. The
eye drops are only used with the youngsters. Some years ago, we did this every day but now
we limit it; once before and once after the race.


Which are your national ace-pigeons?


“Miracle Ace” and “Annelise” What’s unique about these two birds is that they both have
the same mother: “Morgane”. “Morgane” is a hen breed out of two pigeons of Luc Vanaelst.
“Miracle Ace” B11-4244017 was 1e National ace-pig LD KBDB 2013
“Annelise” B12-4186083 was 1e National ace-pig Heavy MD Yrl KBDB 2013

These two birds will not be sold; at the moment they’re on our breeding loft. Hopefully we can
breed some good birds out of them!


What’s in the garden in front of the loft?


Like many other fanciers, we also have some problems with birds of prey and cats. We try to
keep away the birds of prey with the funny yellow dressed doll and for the cats; we have a
machine that makes sure they don’t come closer than 10 metres in the area. The yellow doll
only has an effect for a short time but the machine for the cats works perfectly.


The last question… what are your purposes for the season 2014.


The first we would like is being champion heavy LD in our club in Gent and the second…
winning a national with our youngsters. We’ll wait and see what 2014 will bring!
Some top results since Freddy and Jacques play together (since 2008)  à no doubles!!!!!!


2008


With the little basket


Chateauroux – 486 old: 8, 28 (2)
Chateauroux – 2295 old: 27,115 (2)
Chateauroux – 309 old: 3, 7 (4)
Bourges – 176 old: 1, 7 (4)


With a normal numbers of pigeons


Chateauroux – 440 yrl : 1,3,4,10,13,17,20,25,28,29,46,47,72,79,81,101,123,123 ( 37 )


With the large basket


Ecouen – 234 yrl :
1,1,3,4,5,6,7,9,12,13,14,15,18,19,20,21,22,24,26,27,30,33,34,36,37,38,
39,41,42,43,45,47,53,55,55,58,59,60,61,62,63,64,65,67,70,73,76,77,78 (105 )


Dourdan – 470 yrl:
1,3,4,5,6,14,15,20,21,22,23,24,28,29,30,33,35,36,40,42,43,44,53,55,58,
61,62,73,79,80,81,81,83,89,90,91,105,114,117,119,120,128,128,134,137,138,151,153,155
,159,160,165,166,170,179 (103)


Argenton – 558 yrl :
1,2,3,4,6,8,9,11,14,18,19,20,21,26,27,37,38,39,48,49,56,61,70,76,87,
95,101,104,105,110,116,117,118,126,145,160,163,164,165,171,176,177,178 ( 77 )


Orleans – 620 youngsters:
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,12,13,16,18,20,21,22,26,28,29,31,43,43,45,46,48,49,53,54,60,60,62,81,
83,86,89,91,92,93,109,111,112,125,130,132,133,139,152,153,157,159,162,163,164,168,
171,172,179,187,188,191,191,191,196,199 ( 125 )


Tours – 730 youngsters :
1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,21,23,24,25,27,28,29,32,34,35,36,37,38,40,
42,43,44,47,52,53,54,55,55,63,65,68,69,72,73,76,77,79,81,82,82,84,84,86,87,93,94,104,
105,108,126,128,129,138,138,138,141,144,146,147,162,165,165,214,221,227,229,237,
244 ( 118 )


2009


With the little basket


Cahors – 7347 old: 28,35,60,72,79,279,356,1767 (8)


Limoges – 244 old : 1,5,16,28,33,35,39,81 ( 11 )


Argenton – 276 old: 3, 6,8,9,24,41 (9)


Noyon – 109 youngsters : 1,4,5,8,9,14,24,30,33,34 (14 )


With normal numbers of pigeons


Bourges – 7394 old : 1,34,43,57,58,60,64,94,170,180,209,245,309,1068,1599 ( 18 )


Tulle – 125 yrl : 1,2,3,7,8,12,15,18,21,23,25,26,35,36,37,41,42 ( 26 )


Ablis – 228 youngsters : 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,16,20,25,34,47,48,49,49,53,54,56,57,59,74 ( 42 )

With the large basket


La Souterraine – 746 youngsters : 1,5,6,13,14,20,26,29,32,45,48,49,50,51,56,67,74,82,84,
87,88,89,104,106,109,115,134,161,162,168,192,195,207,214,224,240,246 ( 82 )


2010


 With the little basket


Cahors – 171 old: 1, 7,8,12 (8)


Souillac – 136 old : 1,2,3,5,8,10,19,20,22,24,25,26,29,31,43,45 ( 17 )


Libourne – 6767 yrl: 32, 49, 92,119,652,654 (8)


Tulle – 6695 old  : 2,8,16,17,80,106,111,126,176,214,280,448,1374 ( 17 )


Argenton – 272 old : 1,5,6,7,11,13,20,25 ( 13 )


Argenton - 385 yrl : 2,4,6,8,22,25,37,38,39,40,55,74 ( 16 )


With a normal number of pigeons


Bourges – 3025 yrl: 3,5,6,18,2529,33,45,49,54,66,103,107,117,117,131,159,165,
192,195,209,219,227,236,249,273,293,360,394,432,513,525,593,595,607,641,655 (54)


Chateauroux 300 old – 2,4,5,6,10,13,14,15,16,17,19,20,32,41,43,44,52( 18 )


Montrichard  - 2726 yrl : 1,7,7,10,21,36,36,51,72,77,79,89,92,123,142,145,150,162,183,
223,251,281,293,337,392,494,537,541,559,580,614, ( 40 )


Argenton – 19816 yrl: 3,6,7,11,47,49,68,75,194,283,428,568,674,699,791,828,833,844,
853,907,1135,1196,1201,1375,1413,1429,1567,1572,1572,1708,1903,1980,2310,2461,
2599,2677,3311,3448,4095,4286,4292 (56)


Tulle - 8323 yrl : 14,15,17,19,70,73,92,96,110,147,202,285,894,897,1106,1626,1654 ( 26 )


Vierzon – 872 yrl : 2,3,4,12,15,16,16,29,32,43,45,50,90,105,128,139,156,158 ( 20 )


With the large basket


Chateauroux –  5547 yrl : 1,7,12,17,18,27,41,46,49,68,76,81,86,87,90,93,112,121,129,130,
132,135,135,142,148,149,153,162,165,193,200,213,214,219,227,254,255,271,282,322,
343,356,360,423,473,544,594,597,617,625,642,660,678,771,776,810,925,1065,1127,
1353,1366 ( 75 )

Blois – 301 youngsters : 1,2,3,5,6,7,9,13,15,16,20,21,31,40,56,60,63,64,65,66,72,80,81,
82,90,93 ( 95 )


Montrichard 2146 youngsters : 2,4,6,7,8,9,11,12,13,15,18,22,27,30,31,32,38,53,57,58,61,
86,87,88,99,102,105,108,109,115,127,143,145,147,154,155,156,191,194,195,198,206,
208,229,232,239,248,255,256,260,263, 309,324,335,338,346,381,433,436,464 ( 96 )


2011


With the little basket


Blois – 254 yrl: 2, 12 (2)


Bourges – 102 old: 1,2,11,15,31,34 (6)


Bourges – 144 yrl : 1,3,7,10,12,18,20,21,30,39 ( 17 )


With a normal number of pigeons


Vierzon – 8336 old : 1,3,11,32,35,35,70,77,133,195,262,285,342,371,383,400,498,506,
508,573,573,599,603,605,680,689,712,778,818,1623,1652,1676,1871,1892,2017 ( 49 )


Limoges – 310 old : 1,2,3,4,8,10,21,23,28,28,30,42,46,52,83,96,98 ( 29 )


Cahors – 158 old : 2,4,6,7,8,9,25,31,33,38,43,44,51 ( 20 )


Limoges – 14686 yrl : 2,3,46,79,103,108,132,256,265,290,305,491,512,537,552,566,784
,1017,1155,1368,1449,1466,1828,1901,2153,2263,2399,2455,2539,2620,2812,3029,
3036,3437,3491 ( 56 )


With the large basket


Vierzon – 4366 yrl: 1,2,9,11,12,14,20,27,36,37,38,62,63,73,95,10,100,107,140,141,154,171,
204,237,288,292,482,494,698,726,771,775,828,863,913,1006,1077 (64)


Chateauroux – 6148 yrl : 2,5,8,9,24,27,34,37,38,45,46,49,77,78,80,87,103,117,122,131,135,
151,180,191,200,231,253,399,526,565,569,584,586,684,689,741,881,906,922,1032,1107,
1187,1221,1367,1390,1491,1502 ( 83 )


Bourges – 6361 youngsters : 1,2,7,8,10,12,15,16,17,41,42,43,54,66,70,73,74,75,76,85,163,
171,174,175,193,194,199,206,207,211,228,291,293,311,340,341,342,349,352,370,372,373,
396,403,488,498,533,547,568,601,701,723,758,778,966,980,1035,1131,1233,1234,1393,
1493,1499,1522,1528,1559,1586 ( 125 )


2012


With the little basket


Narbonne – 1289 old: 1 (1)


Sint Junien – 1364: 1,163,251 (3)


With a normal number of pigeons


Bourges – 398 old : 1,3,4,5,8,18,20,24,27,31,36,40,42,46,50,52,54,63,83,106,107,110 ( 29 )


Limoges – 372 old : 1,6,8,13,17,18,19,25,28,31,32,38,44,46,56,57,65,66,67,68,79,83,84,86,
101,119 ( 31 )


Cahors – 8343 old: 9,14,44,170,407,464,890,1116,1541 (20)


Montluçon – 3984 old : 2,3,33,40,53,55,71,77,107,170,264,268,632,666,860 ( 17 )

 

With the large basket


Angerville – 598 youngsters : 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,10,11,11,13,17,18,20,22,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,
32,33,34,35,36,37,46,61,64,65,66,73,74,79,90,98,99,100,111,112,115,117,118,120,122,124,
138,140,142,146,154,155,162,173,174,175,185,191,192,206,211,231,234 ( 100 )


2013


With the little basket


Bordeaux – 10579 yrl – 44, 159 (2)


Orange – 3874 old – 16 (2)


Ecouen – 217 youngsters – 6 (1)


With a normal number of pigeons


Chateauroux – 4390 old – 2, 6, 42, 66,143,347 (8)


La Souterraine – 2118 old – 2,3,11,17,24,39,60,117,119,201,237,268,340,526 ( 15 )


Libourne – 6658 old – 1 , 8, 10 15 , 53 , 78 , 96 , 96 , 172 , 205 ,212 , 219 , 339 , 542 , 570 ,
753 , 996 , 1144 , 1155 ( 22 )

Souilliac – 3641 yrl – 2,19,24,33,79,120,150,163,389,538 ( 16 )


Limoges – 299 old – 2,3,4,5,8,10,11,12,13,15,18,19,21,31,34,35,40,42,43,56,57,60,68,75,
85,93,100 ( 37 )


La Souterraine – 245 yrl – 2,3,5,6,10,11,17,21,23,35,37,41,48,74 ( 15 )


With the large basket


Vierzon – 2982 yrl – 1,2,3,14,24,36,54,71,75,77,95,109,125,152,155,157,160,176,203,222,
235,254,291,355,360,361,381,427,441,486,495,566,571,582,585,590,658,742 (81)


Chateauroux – 646 yrl – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,16,19,39,43,61,67,68,68,71,74,80,83,86,89,95,97,98,102,
107,111,120,121,129,130,134,136,139,147,152,153,155,157,164,172,180,184,185,186,187,
207,208,213 ( 86 )


Angerville – 409 youngsters – 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,10,11,12,13,15,16,18,20,21,22,25,27,28,28,30,31,
32,33,36,37,38,38,40,41,43,44,50,53,57,57,59,60,62,63,64,65,71,72,73,78,82,84,85,95,100,
101,103,108,109,116,117,119,121,123,129,130,134,135,136 ( 134 )


Angerville – 338 youngsters – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,13,14,14,18,19,19,21,21,23,24,35,36,37,38,
45,46,51,55,56,58,59,59,68,71,72,74,85,87,94,102,103,107,111,113 ( 84 )


Orleans – 5975 youngsters – 5,6,8,10,14,15,20,22,32,37,40,43,55,55,57,61,107,108,112,118,
120,126,138,156,186,196,200,203,204,206,209,216,258,260,262,304,333,374,406,463,466,
467,522,546,546,565,567,572,579,654,693,695,706,731,738,795,819,819,921,964,972,1176,
1194,1281,1332,1425 ( 96 )

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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