Articles English 2017
Good luck and much luck (nov 11)
Breeding pigeons is something else than grow pigs, chickens, or, say, flowers or whatever. We do not breed with the intention to get the pens full, we do not want to breed a certain colour or other appearance characteristic, our goal is to breed good pigeons.
The best Middle Distance birds (nov 3rd)
Once more about a subject that I mentioned before.
Where can I find the best Middle Distance birds, foreigners sometimes ask me. I can understand. Those people become unsure due to all the propaganda they read in the papers and even more on the internet. This is what I think and not only me: You do not find them in the lofts of Middle Distance champions in the middle of the Netherlands, or in the south, not in the Belgian province of Antwerp nor elsewhere in the country. Most probably the best Middle Distance birds are in the lofts of Antwerp Short Distance racers who never race Middle Distance. In the Berlaar area live many of such fanciers. One of them told me: If I have an Ace at the Noyon races (220 kms) I do not even think of racing it further. And there are many of those. Take Leo Heremans for arguments’ sake. Everybody knows how many of the offspring of his birds perform at Middle Distance.
Heremans himself raced the ancestors from Quievrain only (125 kms). Even the ‘Olympiad 003’ raced short distance only. I brought up this subject with Dirk van Dijck. ‘The short distance champion in the Berlaar area’ is right he said. ‘If the best short distance racers there would enter their best birds at Middle Distance from now that would create a revolution in pigeon sport. New names would become famous!
Gaston v d Wouwer and Willy Daniels are two of such short distance champions from the past. With the same family of birds they switched over to Middle Distance and the result we know. Even the late Luc Geerinckx and Andre Roodhooft were renowned short distance champions in their younger years ! Then they were not famous yet, the made a name when they switched over to Middle Distance and even little long distance with… THE SAME FAMILY OF BIRDS.
Competition (oct 29)
When I realized how long it had been, I was kind of shocked. I shook myself like a dog does when getting out of the water. What was so long ago? My trip to the Olympiad in Japan. Then I was as old as my son now. How time flies.
Some continue to make mistakes (oct 13)
There are those fanciers who read nothing, who do not listen to others, but just go their own way.
Kees, not his real name, is one of them. In October he was medicating his pigeons against paratyphoid with Enroshort.
Ramarkable remarks (10 oct)
Experienced fanciers do not always realize how difficult this sport may be for novices. Once I wrote:
‘If some one has bought 8 birds from me and he still has them all 8 after 3 years this is not a champion and he will never become one.’
Crazy world (oct 10)
I walk around for a while with the idea to send Filip Norman a letter. He reads several dailies and I do not know if that is so good. I myself sometimes feel like reading no newspapers at all anymore and only watch nature films on TV.
Young bird problems (30 aug)
Again, the young bird season progressed with fits and starts. Nowadays there is always something with young birds, especially problems with health and losses. Why in previous years we did not have these problems is a mystery.
Water and moisture (12 aug)
Water and moisture play an extremely vital role in our lives. In fact, “without” water life is not possible. During dry summers farmers and gardeners are faced with a lack of moisture. There are some thing some things to discuss on how moisture impacts the pigeon sport.
Some things (2 aug)
It was some decades ago that John and Peter (not their real names) frequently visited me to buy birds. They were kind of friends who lived in the north. I did my best not to show it but honestly speaking I liked John better than Peter.
Fancy pigeons (July 16)
Let there be no doubt, Belgium is the cradle of the pigeon racing sport. Pigeon racing in Belgium began early in the last century, up to the middle of the 1930’s and immediately after the war, the pigeon racing sport exploded there
Good and bad people (July 11)
Among pigeon fanciers you have all sorts of people. Some love this sport because of the friendships, the nice social contacts, and all the fun that they have with fellow sportsmen.
It is about 10 years ago that I wrote an article about, let’s call him Mr X. Why Mr X and not his name or initials?
Because it is not so nice what I have to say about him and I do not want to find another bomb under my bed.
About forums (June 14th 2017)
There were those days in which I regularly participated in forums or in a quiz like they say in England. On such occasions fanciers can ask a champion questions.
A forgotten item (May 2017)
Sunday May 14th 2017. Bright weather and slight tailwinds. As usual the Antwerp fanciers had two short distance races, one from Quievrain, about 120 kms, and one from Noyon 220 kms.
L Stabel and son saw the light
Goirle is a little town in the Netherlands near the Belgian border. On summer evenings you see that pigeon sport is still alive there. Everywhere you see groups of pigeons training and among them one real big group. The ‘big group’ are the birds that belong to Louis Stabel and his son Eugene.