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National Champion Short and
Middle Distance Youngbirds

by Stefan Mertens


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The Wouters-
Coremans team

The widowhood loft 

A view of the roof

The landing board

A typical
breeding box

An aviary for the
Langdorp: The first time that I visited Jos and Maria Wouters-Coremans was 1999. In that year, this man and wife combination won the national championship in youngbirds in the national races. This was not the first time that they won a national title. Indeed, in 1993 they won the national championship in yearbirds and the national championship in youngbirds in short and middle distance. So, two national titles in one year! And now, they have again won the national title in youngbirds in short and middle distance. We can certainly say that 2003 was a real top year for our friends, because not only the national title but also the well known "Gouden Duif Competitie" went to Langdorp.


To earn some "pocket-money" Jos cleaned, without any enthousiasm, the lofts of his brother. This is everything but a motivation to become a fancier, but when Jos's brother married and the pigeons were left behind, Jos decided to take over the whole loft. One year later, Jos raced under his own name, and a new superstar was born!

The base of this loft is from 1963. Pigeons of Louis Wouters (Ramsel), Bruynseels (Heist Op Den Berg) and Havinith (through Augustijnen from Lier) were the first birds. But when Jos won a couple of eggs from Maurice Nagels, he found a fancier who helped him a lot. "Thanks to that man, I got a lot of good advice," admits Jos. New birds came from Omer Van Den Balck (Kampenhout) and Albert Everaerts (Geetbets). You see that Jos always went to well-known names with good birds, and when those come into the hands of a super-motivated fancier, then you can imagine that top results were inevitable on the short distance races.

But as with other good sprint fanciers, after some very good years on this discipline Jos and Maria also wanted to go to the middle distance,and so they looked out for other birds. To find this, they went to Freddy Vandenbrande (Boortmeerbeek), Sylvere Toye (Otegem), Noel Peiren (Zedelgem), and in the last years to brothers Aerts (Bevel) and Dirk & Louis Van Dijck (Zandhoven). Jos explains, "Earlier I had the problem that as soon as the weather was a little bit bad, I got a bad result. Now by crossing in the long distance birds of Toye and Peiren, my base has become a little bit stronger, and now I also score better on races with weather that's not so good."


"In total there are 45 widowers in the lofts," Jos says. "Sixteen are for the sprint, and the others go farther. The widowers breed two youngsters. Under the 'less good' widowers, I put the eggs of the breeders. Cocks who lose weight during the breeding period are immediately selected out. I can assure you that they don't see the inside of a basket. After the youngsters are weaned a 'light' meal is on the menu. This is a depurative with a little bit of mas and a lot of barley.

When the calendar is at 15 March, the hens come again into the loft and a five-days nesting is programmed. During those five days, the cocks are trained as much as possible. During the racing season, we follow the well-known 'widowhood rules.' Hens are always shown before basketing, and only in the second part of the season do we try to motivate them in another way."

Jos goes on to explain, "Twice a day they can train. We don't use a flag to force them to train. It all must come in a natural way. I love that the widowers go away for 15 minutes and afterwards that they cannot sit on the roof for a second. There must be 'fire' in the team. When the weather is cold in springtime, top condition isn't possible in the lofts. Therefore, during that time we use heating systems during the night. This is to avoid a big temperature difference between night and day."


Drying their home-
grown corn


A view of all the
racing lofts

The entry of the
youngbird loft

Teaching basket
for the youngbirds

Inside the
youngbird loft

"Feeding is an art," Jos says, "and we like some difference in our mixture. For the widowers we have in the beginning of the week a mixture of 40% depurative, 40% Super Diet, 10% racing mixture and 10% dari. We use the mixtures of Versele-Laga, and on the mixture we add brewer's yeast and vitamins from Colombine or Oropharma. On Tuesday we raise the percentage of racing mixture to 30%, on Wednesday to 60%, and from Thursday on it is 100% racing mixture."

Jos continues, "After the racing season, the widowers don't breed anymore. This is to bring the cocks through the moult as soon as possible. On 1st October, we separate everything and we give them a lot of oxygen. We don't follow the trend to put the widowers in an aviary throughout the whole winter. No, we choose to rebuild the widowers' loft in a kind of aviary."


The 120 youngbirds are weaned in six different lofts. Two lofts are for Quievrain/Momignies, two for Noyon/Soissons, and the last two for the middle-distance and national races. The babies are weaned at the age of 22 days. Cocks and hens are in the same lofts, and from the moment that they fly their first short-distance race, they're separated.

Of course, this youngbird team was darkened. The lofts were darkened from 10 March until the middle of June. This lasts from 6 p.m until 8 a.m. It must be mentioned that it's not too dark in the lofts. No, the youngbirds can easily find their drinkers. When you darken in this way then the babies can easily be basketed for the last races at the end of September, and they go perfectly through the moult, which is also very important for their further career as year- and old birds.

Experience shows that the best young cocks are later also the best widowers. The first training tosses are very carefully made because the youngsters are still darkened during this period. We liberate the youngsters, on those tosses, around 12 o'clock. This is for two reasons: namely, the bio-rhythm of the birds and the traffic jam around Brussels. In six to eight steps, they are at a distance of 40 kilometers, and then they go with the club to farther places. During the racing season the youngbirds are trained once a week from different places (but always from the south).

Jos explains, "The youngsters are raced the whole season on the open-door-system. Once August comes, we use extra motivation such as with 'dark places,' straw and nest places. If two hens pair with each other, then I let them do this, and if possible I will give them a youngster. Why don't I race them on the nest? Well, youngsters on the 'open-door' train much better during the week. If you keep them on the nest, then you have to toss them a lot. Youngsters on the 'open-door' keep eating well without getting too fat. With youngbirds on nests, you always have to be careful. The youngsters are now fed 'light' in the beginning of the week and 'heavier' at the end. The last days, I like to give a supplement of home grown mas."

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The soccer ball

"'T Zitterke 015"

"De Sprinter"

"Schoon Bont"

"De Krack"

"Sprinterke 208"

The awards won by

Jos explains his medical routine this way: "I cure them against tricho when they're weaned, and I do this for five days. A second tricho-cure is given before their first training toss. During the racing season every two or three weeks, I cure two days against tricho. I cure all my birds (old and young ones) at the end of May over a period of three or four days. So you can say that then the 'real' racing season starts from this moment."


(1) " T Zitterke 015" 2120015/03
Won on the middle distance: 1st Pithivier 874b. - 3rd Sens 502b. - 4th Soissons 1088b. - 7th Pithiviers 842b.- 12th Sens 1085b. - 15th Sens 1045b. - 16th Pithiviers 1106b. - 41st Soissons 1034b.
His father is the "Schone Rambo" (2340702/01). He comes from "Kleine Cupido" (2055134/98) X "6390159/97" (Sister "Kanibaal" - Dirk en Louis Van Dijck).
Mother is "Dochter Rosse" (2340704/01).She comes from "Rosse" (1st La Souterraine 116b - 2nd against 4669b.) X "6367179/00" (Blauwe Dochter Kanibaal - Dirk en Louis Van Dijck)

(2) "Jonge Smierel 075" 2120075/03
Won 2nd Marne 684b. - 6th Pithiviers 842b. - 12th Momignies 355b. - 13th Pithiviers 1106b. - 20th Sens 690b. - 20th Sens 502b.
His father is "2271073/01." He comes from "Blauwe Witpen" (6370981/00 - gebr. Aerts from Bevel) X "Blauw Crackske" (6179348/99 - 1st prov. Acepigeon won 3x 1st) Mother is "Wit Crackske" (2271061/01 - 1st prov. Acepigeon 2001). Comes from "Goede Zwarte" (2150209/97) X "Witstaart 395 - 2333395/00)

(3) "Sprinterke" 2120208/03
Won on the short distance and those always from Momignies: 1/2321b. - 3/2598b. - 5/1682b. - 5/1173b. - 14/1316b. - 24/1096b. - 34/2014b. - 60/1987b.
Father is "Witte Stan" (6237098/01). He comes from "Blauwe Witpen Aerts" (6207424/97 - Aerts Gebr. From Bevel) X "6209901/97" (50% Gebr. Aerts from Bevel). Mother is 2271077/01 direct from Jan Van De Pasch (Holland). She comes from "De As 60" (1392560/93) X "2055244/98"

(4) "T Scherp 214" 2120214/03
Also always won from Momignies: 1/255 - 2/1316 - 5/2007 - 8/298 - 12/2598 - 45/ 2321 - 48/1897.
Father is "6179406/99" who won 16x1st. He comes from "Grote Blauwe" (2162010/93 - Verbruggen) X "Dochter Witbuik Koppel" (NL93-9369810 - Kees Gijzen NL).
Mother is "Leuske" (2244838/96) - Louis Deleus from Boortmeerbeek.

To win the national Championship, you need to fill in your best six results with your 1st and 2nd nominated bird for both the short- and middle-distance races, but a minimum of two results has to be on the middle distance. Maria and Jos won this difficult championship with the following results:

06.29.03 Momignies 2321 b. 1st Nom.-1st; 2nd Nom.- 45th
07.12.03 Pithiviers 842 b. 1st Nom-7th; 2nd Nom.-6th
07.26.03 Nenteuil 515 b. 1st Nom.-8th; 2nd Nom.-24th
08.02.03 Sens 690 b. 1st Nom.-20th; 2nd Nom.-4th
08.10.03 Momignies 1316 b. 1st Nom.-14th; 2nd Nom.-2nd
08.16.03 Sens 503 b. 1st Nom.-3rd; 2nd Nom.-20th


It's not possible to publish the whole result list of 2003, but we can mention that in total there were 20 first prizes clocked. Here are ten "beauties."

Soissons--392 old birds: 1-2-3-11-69-73-76 (10)
Sens--359 old birds: 1-3-4-5-41-75-92 (9)
Soissons--1088 youngbirds: 2-4-8-13-22-25-36-56-61-65-76-91-97 (24/38)
Sens--296 old birds: 1-2-3-12-14-16-35-40-57 (10)
Pithiviers--290 old birds: 1-3-19-31-32-58-71-72 (10)
Momignies--2321 youngbirds: 1-3-45-91-353 (7)
Pithiviers--248 old birds: 1-2-3-4-5-13-27-30-36 (10)
Marne--684 youngbirds: 1-2-9-13-34-43-92-100-121-142-188 (17)
Sens--502 youngbirds: 1-2-3-4-7-8-20-25-40-65-70-78-80-114-129-158 (16)
Momignies--225 youngbirds: 1-2-3-4-56 (5)

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