April/May 2010 (E)
It is spring in The Netherlands, last week we had
the best of weather … Ideal for pigeon
fanciers and – not too forget – the
Last Saturday we raced our fourth race and up to
now we faced no serious problems.
Preparation has been a bit different than other
years. We paired up our racers a bit earlier this
year and therefore we were able to train them
slightly sooner in the season.
Up to now they get the standard food-mixture with
some barley (10%), paddy (20%) and carrot. These
carrots give the best indication of the pigeons
need to be fed some more … still carrots
in the tray means no new food.
On the second race of the season (Boxtel 169 km)
won 1. prize from 9,525 birds and ‘Miss
Lang Ping’ grabbed third place …
click on their names to view photo and
Since a week they train round the house in the
morning and in the evening; by now they easily fly
1 hour. In a month the first group will train
Furthermore I plan to give my racers an extra
training flight of about 300 km next week. In
combine they also can be entered for races from
Haasrode (256 km) and Menen (330 km), before the
first One Day Long distance classic. I believe
that is enough preparation for the first NPO race
covering 497 km.
The partners (from the widowers as well as the
widowhood hens) we never showed before the races,
the first two races we did not even show the
partner when they arrived home.
Next 14 days the barley, paddy and carrot will
disappear from the food and the pigeons get to eat
100% All-In-One mixture, as much as they want to
eat. Before all is eaten, the food is refreshed
twice a day.
The front side of the lofts is supplied with a
stroke of glass of about 1 meter. Together with
the total isolation and the possibility for the
pigeons to – when they like – get
some fresh air in the aviary, this creates an
optimal climate for the pigeons. The loft is
warmed up quickly and the temperature is pretty
stable. Because on the inside there is a stroke
of glass too! (space between inner- and
outer-glass is 15 cm).
Last autumn all ceilings were removed and the
roof was completely isolated and covered again
with board. On the backside skylights are
situated that can be opened to ensure enough
ventilation. The ceiling consists of steel board
with a mesh width of 5 cm. In the week the widow
hens sit on perches before their breeding box.
This prevents pairing up amongst each other and
possibly this own spot motivates them extra.
Last week all sections were cleaned. All breeding
boxes were taken out, attics, floors, windows
cleaned, etc. All was scrubbed … nice and
clean and it smells all fresh and new. All
together it took us a week to fix that. Before
the pigeons went back in the end of the day, all
walls, breeding boxes, perches, etc. were treated
with Tugon 80 (Bayer). This is a very effective
product against flees, lice, maggots of flies,
etc. Hopefully we get none of these further in
the season …
The first group of youngsters is from the
earliest pairing possible. For now they do just
fine and maybe soon we start tossing them. They
look good, the darkening – about 9,5 hour
per day – will remain until about two
Darkening hours are from 18.00 up to 08.30
o’clock. The second group is from 20.00 up
to 10.30 o’clock. The main reason for these
times is to give the old birds the opportunity to
train in groups over the day and to make the day
of the youngsters a bit
With the first group we start ending darkening
in about two weeks … Darkening will than be
from 20.00 up to 24.00 o’clock. Like this
they can witness the natural sunrise …
this phase we remain 4 weeks. Afterwards it will
be natural day- and night rhythm.
With youngster too we choose for a method that
enables us to finish preparation for the races a
bit earlier... For instance; we now already had
them a night in the basket. Hopefully it will all
help us to perform top on the most important young
At the moment the youngsters get All-In-One
mixture with 20% barley and 20% paddy.
One Loft Races/International
Since 2008 we exclusively participate in the One
Million Dollar Race in Sun City, South Africa.
Before we send our youngsters, they are pretty
much independent and old enough to find their way
through the quarantine period (about 2 months).
The injections against paramixo and pocks they
have had by than.
I will send the pigeons in two groups. Up to now
I never discovered if the time of sending pigeons
influences the final result. Some fanciers tell me
they sometimes send pigeons that already fly
around the loft before being send … Maybe
we will try it next year.
116photo (Taiwan) recently visited us to shoot
photo’s of some pigeons that will soon be
published in their book, Top Collections
International 8. Really recommendable for
fanciers who like top quality photo’s.
Check their website for the results: www.116foto.com
Besides, not only pigeons can be seen on the
website, you will find enough impressions
… very professional.
On our website you can find several examples of
the pedigrees as we used it from 2007 up to 2010.
Unfortunately this is really necessary, as we
faced some fraud pedigrees in the past. In case
of any question, do not hesitate to call us. For
the original characteristics, check http://www.gerardkoopman.com/34/original-pedigree.html
To Pieter and Gea Veenstra with their super
season 2009. As sportsman you do not only enjoy
successes at your own lofts, you also appreciate
when others race top! It is nice to see that
their ‘Chanel’ (NL-2007-5719711) is
bred from a brother to ‘Golden
Energy’. She was crowned 1. Nat. acebird
late tour WHZB 2009.
Very interesting for me, as ‘Eus’,
winner of the Belgian Masters on the final race
and in the acebird competition, is a grandson to
this same ‘Golden Energy’. In May he
can be admired under the heading ‘pigeon of
The NPO classics are coming up and for the first
time in my life my father will not be there to
see the arrival … Without a doubt, on this
moment the thoughts of my ‘steady team of
spectators’ will go to him. He left us
I am very happy my mother is still very
involved, and not only about the wellbeing of the
colony in Ermerveen. Almost every Saturday we pick
her up so she can see the arrival of the pigeons
I like to wish you all a very successful
pigeon season and when there are any question, do
not hesitate to send me an e-mail ….