40 years of pigeon
and my family DOINA, LAURA and DACIAN
"The good man forgets the harm he was done-
the bad man forgets the good things"
In 1963 I become
a member of the OLIMPIA 04 CLUJ-NAPOCA Pigeon Racing
Club. At the beginning of 1965 I commenced with my
first races. During this year I managed to secure
a first place with my pigeons. The race started from
Salonta, Arad county.My first
pigeons that I started racing with were from the Bricoux
During 1973 I entered
my pigeons into three specific races, which were organized
by other pigeon fanciers from Hungary. I was fortunate
to obtain two first places out of three. The birds
were released from Gyor, a city in Hungary.
Over the next ten
years I tried various methods of breeding, paying
particular attention to standard pigeons but unfortunately
not even the most promising birds were able to achieve
the kilometers limit. But it was a worthwhile experience
and helped me to achieve a better understanding of
the problems of breeding.
At the end of 1982
I started acquiring good quality racing pigeons, paying
particular attention to stock from the long distance
birds. These were purchased locally from my home city
Cluj-Napoca, from the best pigeons with top results
at long distance races and they were comparatively
expensive for that particular period of time.
During 1984, from
my stock I had 14 pigeons which achieved top scorings
at the races with launchings from Teplice-833 km and
I then started to
purchase more young birds from various stock lines,
which include the following:Delbar,Guy Vinois,
Van Hasten (Stichelbaut),Catrysse,Van Grembergen (Van
Bruaene), and some descendents from Janssen. All these
acquisitions and the following combinations of them
but nevertheless the work brought finnally the first
-1986- first national breeders champion at middle
distance category, first and second national middle
distance- 2 years record with the hens OLIMPIA 216014-84
and VENUS 103809-83, daughter and mother of Janssen-Stichelbaut
origin, both of them were also selected for the Romania`s
team at the Dortmund Olympiad in 1987.
1987 was a very good
year for one of my best performing pigeons, "Ulise"-
ring number 216022-84. The bird was bred from the
Catrysse line. It won First National place in the
Middle Distance category for 2 years, which is at
present a record still holding.
Was also selected for the National Team and entered
for the Spartachiada competition in Budapest covering
10241 Kilometers during a 2-year period.
Then followed many other national and international
succeses which I am going to point separately.
Before 1989 I had
the opportunity to visit a variety of lofts in Hungary,
Czeckoslovakia and Germany, so I had the chance to
further my knowledge and experience by having many
discussions with other interested pigeon fanciers.
After 1989 when Romania
became more open to Western Europe I was able to visit
various parts of the continent together with very
good friends from Hungary- Nyitrai Ferencz and Bardos
Istvan and many of my own countrymen. Together we
went to famous lofts all over Europe, including Belgium
and Holland where we were made very welcome. Included
in our itinerary were visits to the following well
BELGIUM: Janssen brothers, Jos Thone, Tomas Peters,
Silvere Toye, De Smet-Mathijs, Karel Meulemans, Emiel
Denys, Houben family-Jef, Luc& Nadia, Gyselbrecht
family, Julien Vanenoo, Yves Van de Poel- Carlos Marquez
Prats, Van Hove Unterhoeven, Eric Limburg, Sonia Van
de Maelen, Maurice Casaert, Herbots brothers and many
HOLLAND: Anton& Luci Van de Wegen, Jac Van de
Wegen, Wim Muller, Hans Eyerkamp, Dirk van den Berg,
Martha van Geel, Herman Brikman, Hegedus-Beker, J.
Theelen, Bertus Timmer, Piet Manders, Jan van de Pasch;
neverthelast I want to mention Eros Carboni- the biggest
champion of Italy.
Most of the breeding
pigeons presently in my loft are of origin from the
names presented above. Would be very hard to enumerate
all the pigeons I imported.
Over the past years most of my many succesfull birds
have been from descendants of the Janssen bloodline
and combinations with this line.
The fanciers from
whom I received the biggest help in the past years
are Nyitrai Ferencz from Hungary and the actual president
of the Hungarian Federation, Bardos Istvan, to which
I am very grateful for their support.
The pigeon sport and the pigeon fanciers from our
neighbor country, Hungary, were of great help for
me but mostly for the romanian pigeon competitions;
annualy Romania organize about 100 races with launchings
A few words about
the adopted loft systems.
My main objective is to breed and rear super champions
from my own stock, however I still import good quality
birds to supplement the making of future champions.
I never sold a pigeon who had exceptional results
in my loft, all of them went in the breeding section
for reproduction. My oppinion is that you can`t go
further without superquality, in the meaning that
the pigeons have adapted to the specific conditions
of the loft, of the climate and of the geographical
particularities. My coupling system is "very
good" with "very good", so the chances
that the descendent to be also very good are increased.
It`s imperative the
pigeon to be very good both at the qualities checked
by hand and checked by eye; I never saw a champion
without special qualities both revealed by eye-examination
or by hand-examination, and please believe me, I had
the opportunity to check hundreds of champions...
It`s not the same thing to make a selection between
200 youngsters or between 20; the fancier with 20
youngsters needs 10 years to make a selection from
The health of the
birds is the most important thing; I never had a champion
who had health problems, of any kind. Treatment is
only given after a careful analysis to ensure a correct
diagnosis, which will determine the type of treatment
that may or may not be required. Giving the wrong
treatment will of course be detrimental and may even
compound the problem.
The race system I`m
using is widowing, but I also basket females in races.
My oppinion is that is useless to keep separately
and feed the hens just to motivate the males a few
minutes before or after the race. In the past years
I had plenty of successes with many females, I find
them more resistant and more easy to motivate.
The nourishment I`m
using is of the best quality and is given after a
very strict schedule.
I read a lot about
phisycal reabilitation programs after the race, about
medication, vitaminisation, true legends about each
of them, but I`m looking after the most simple, natural
and cheap one which also fits with the characteristics
of the loft, and the climate for that particular period.
I had the chance
to be national champion at all categories of distances
and I may say that whatever distance or type of race
you become interested or involved in, you will find
that each category requires the same dedication and
hard work, so there are no easy formulas in this sport.
Just to reiterate
for the benefit of our young and new pigeon fanciers
who are contemplating on taking up this sport:
You have to be honest
with yourself that you are able to join the sport
with fully convicted enthusiasm and respect for other
pigeon fanciers, Above all be honest with your own
pigeons so that they become your friends and learn
to trust and depend on your systems and routines.
A healthy and contended bird lives in a clean, comfortable,
and a well supplied protected loft.
Purchase breeding pigeons from various fanciers just
after you checked the truth of their advertised results.
This will ensure that you are actually getting what
you have paid for.
Read a lot about
pigeons and about pigeon sport but do also a lot of
study and observation in your own loft. Only combining
the study with the observation and the practical work
in the loft you may reach results. Together, tech
nical and practical applications, perseverance and
a love of the sport will bring you many happy hours
and success in racing your own pigeons.
THERE ARE NO MAGIC RECIPES THAT
CAN MAKE CHAMPIONS WITHOUT PLENTY OF HARD WORK.