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Didier Wargnies from Chapelle-Lez-Herlaimont

1st Int. National Narbonne 5831 Yearlings
and Fastest Against 19353 Pigeons

by Stefan Mertens


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The Lofts

Winning Bird

Winner's Wing

The second last international race on the program was Narbonne. Against all expectations, the pigeons had a higher speed and so was the yearling cock of Didier Wargnies, who didn’t expect his bird.  He still was sitting in the kitchen when his yearling hen arrived; the 9076044/2012. Never before, he arrived that fast on his loft and he’s very happy about this fabulous result. At that moment, he didn’t think of a national victory but he knew that she was an early bird.  She was clocked at 17h04 at a distance of 821km and a speed of 1359 m/min.

At this speed, she didn’t only win the 1st International against 5831 yrl. But she’s also the fastest of all Narbonne racers; a total of 19353 pigeons.

When we introduce Didier, there’s something remarkable. It’s a very small colony and this is certainly rare for a colony that races the long distances but here quality is the most important. This season, he already won 12 Nat Montauban 6772 old birds with a cock and now it’s a hen.

The colony

When we ask him about how many breeders he has on his loft, the answer was 0. He breeds with his racers that are on his widowers loft. Before the season of 2013, he has 16 widowers and 3 hens.

The preparation

In winter, the widowers have raised a youngster and then widowhood started. Even in winter, his birds train but only for about 10 minutes but hereby they keep on moving during the resting period.

Normally the old birds have to do 3 long distance races in 1 season and the yearling have to do a national race followed by an international race.  He selects mainly on their results and how they arrive home from a race.  If this is good, they can stay the next year.

The preparation of the international winning hen

When we look at her prize list, we noticed that she already did many kilometres. She started with the middle distance Orléans, Bourges, Poitiers, Brive and now Narbonne.

When the long distance races arrive, the hens get paired so they can race on a nest. They always get paired to a very old cock that’s very calm. Now, she went into the basket on a youngster of 10 days.

The daily training of a few hens happens together with the youngsters because then they train better. It’s also very easy that their lofts are next to each other. They train once a day every day.

Stefan Mertens


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