The season started with 90 pigeons in the racing team (70% of which are yearlings). The youngsters only competed in the last races, so they have to move a lot when they reach yearlings. So, they are going to cart as much as possible early on. If the weather is good, they train weekly with the club until the middle distance, and then they jump as the distance increases. Everything is played naturally. The nest position on 12-16 day old eggs is their favourite, but the female position with 3-4 day old chicks is also used. In Marseille one of the first national prizes was won. This Marseille pigeon came home broken after the heavy St Vincent release, although the pigeons were released at noon. A yellow pill was used in the recovery of the pigeon, and later the gradual return to the normal training regimen. In the days leading up to basketing in Marseille, we could see the vitality and enthusiasm in the pigeon. This translated into reaching a top prize on the day of the release.
Matchmaking takes place on March 18 each year. Pigeons raise a pair of young. Everything seemed to be normal in 2018, however, the beginnings were not satisfactory at all. From the weekend of Barcelona and Dax things started to go better until the end. Every year is different. Last year, in 2017, the season went well from the beginning, but the final stretch was very hard.
Why was the weekend in Barcelona and Dax better? Searching for a reason, Wim notes: ‘Mart hadn’t had time to clean the loft for a few days. On the other hand, it has gone well in Barcelona. So we don’t clean until the end of August. You never know for sure if that was the reason. But if something goes well, you have to follow that line. Now, in the fall, we have started cleaning again. In winter you have to take better care of the pigeons than in summer. In winter, the prizes of the next season are won. A good moulting period is decisive for the future”.
Care and Experience
Pigeons are provided with Beyers signature mix. For the most part, the Koopman (All-In-One) mix is used. Initially, Beyers’ breeding mixture is also incorporated. The menu is complemented by P40, TOVO and caramel seeds. The pigeons are regularly checked by Jelle Jellema (especially the Mart pigeons). Before the season, the pigeons are given a yellow De Weerd pill or a little trichomonas cure. During the flight season, he only administers any medication when it is strictly necessary. Fortunately, that almost never happens.
All in all, the season has gone well… Wim and Mart: ‘We are satisfied with that. We would have liked to have obtained more prices at the beginning, but in the end, we are satisfied. We have a pretty solid team. ‘Mart:’ When I started racing with my grandfather in 2015, I transferred some pigeons from my old loft, and precisely these pigeons are the ones that got the best places in Barcelona and Perpignan this season”.
Wim and Mart are passionate pigeon fanciers. However, it is still a hobby. Wim thinks that taking care of the pigeons is the best. And Mart? … ‘Raise leading pigeons!’
Springboard into the future.
After the great season of 2018 with his grandfather, Mart has decided to settle in his garden competing since 2019 alone. He had a very good learning period near his grandad. Now on top of the old lines of his grandfather Wim, Brugemann, Brikman, he has incorporated exclusive animals from Jelle Jellema, Hugo Batenburg and Gerard Koopman (Noel Peiren line). Among its breeders we find descendants of “New Laureaat”, “Kleine Jade”, “Silvie”, “Rom ee”, “Jef”, a whole arsenal of great flyers with important prizes in national and international flights on the European circuit. Mart enjoys pigeons and the sport and believes that Gran Fondo releases are calmer and less stressful than sprint and middle-distance flights. He is an ambitious young man, eager to learn and reach the coveted positions at the top of the podium. Go for it!