In fantastic form in 2011 is the subtitle of this report, but what else can you say about a two-man team that achieves great results week after week and has been able to claim five interprovincial provincial victories this year? They scored again last Saturday at the national Argenton with the old pigeons. This time they came first and third in the inter-provincial of CFW against 1889 p. and had two pigeons in the national top 50.
Father and son Jonckers gained great renown in 2000, when they got first and second place in the national Bourges against 22,851 old birds. They had been playing hard long before that particular 27 May, which has continued unabated right up until today. In 1994, for example, they came 2nd in the KDBD National Ace Pigeon Middle Distance and in the years following 2000, they gained several national top rankings as 2nd National Bourges against 16,812 p. in 2008, 3rd in the National Bourges against 12,898 p. in 2006, 3rd in the National Bourges against 16,023 p. in 2007, and 4th in the National Argenton against 3187 p. in 2004.
These performances were achieved with a stock of pigeons based on Belgian lofts. After Johnny's father passed away in 1978, Johnny started out for himself and started his own trend in middle distance and then long distance races in recent years especially. Johnny bought his first reinforcements in the early 1980s from Raoul Verstraete in Oostakker and the Janssen Brothers in Arendonk. Then two sons of the '020 'and a grandson of Gommaire Verbrugge’s ‘As’ (‘Ace’) came along. In 1987, Johnny went to Lou Wouters in ‘s Gravenwezel and this input also contributed to his success. He then got pigeons from Houben in Itegem and Jos and Jules Engels in Putte. The pedigree of the current top pigeons often shows that these are crossbreeds of the old Verstraete-Janssen-Verbruggen-Houben family with the Engels pigeons.
Recently, Johnny and Yves were successful with the ‘Blauwe Wittenbuik’(‘Blue White Feathered Belly’), a direct Vandenabeele and grandson of icons such as ‘Wittenbuik’ and ‘Kolonel’ (‘Colonel’). ‘Blauwe Wittenbuik’ 'is a father and grandfather of four of the best yearlings in the Jonckers house, who have already managed to get three inter-provincial titles to their name. In the stockloft, ‘Blauwe Wittenbuik' is always paired with the children and grandchildren of' Little Joe', whom we will speak more about later.
Johnny and Yves’s achievements this year, however, is something even they have seldom experienced. Just take a glance at the best results of the last six weeks:
28/05 Interprov. Bourges against 2883 yrl. 1-7-8-50-356 (05/06)
Interprov. Bourges against 4066 o.b. 15-56-65-285 (04/05)
11/06 Interprov. Chateauroux against 872 yrl.1-36-45-61-63-137-175-490 (08/10)
Interprov. Chateauroux against 411 o.b.14-79-185-197 (04/05)
18/06 Nationaal La Chatre against 21,180 yrl.5-28-30-70-1177-1832-3627 (07/15)
Nationaal La Chatre against 15,780 o.b.6-21-283-896-1062, etc. (05/09)
Interprov. La Chatre against 3362 yrl.1-5-6-10-161-273-597-624-815, etc. (11/15)
Interprov. La Chatre against 2857 o.b.1-4-34-117-150-732-835 (07/09)
25/06 Interprov. Montluçon against 2598 o.b.1-37-38-60-78-108-373 (07/09)
Interprov. Montluçon against 3107 yrl.16-18-37-91-151-173-299-622 (08/13)
Semi- Nat. Montluçon against 6141 o.b.5-181-183-259-319-409-1248 (07/09)
02/07 Interprov. Argenton against 1889 o.b.1-3 (CFW prognosis– 9 plus)
Nationaal Argenton against 10,962 o.b.10-32 (National prognosis – 9 plus)
In summary, this means no less than five interprovincial wins over a period of six weekends— Noyau Direct or CFW—and three national top ten rankings. Moreover, Johnny and Yves don’t basket masses of pigeons and still manage to achieve increasingly higher price percentages.
An absolute eye catcher in the Jonckers loft this year is BE09-2002801, which was bred from top breeder 'Little Joe' x '646' hen, a daughter of ‘Zabel'. 'Little Joe' is a half-brother of ‘Marieke’ and therefore comes directly from Jos and Jules Engels from Putte. 'Little Joe' is already the father of the pigeons who came 2nd at National Bourges against 16,812 p.; 3rd in the National Bourges against 15,877 p.; 6th in the National Argenton against 6,177 d.; and 16th in the National Bourges against 16,812 p. He produced the 2nd and 16th National Bourges and the 6th National Argenton when he was paired with the '646 hen, who is also mother of the '801.
As a yearling, 09/801 came 1st in Pithiviers against 386 p., 135th in the Semi-Nat. Montluçon against 5907 p. and 299th in the Nat. Zone C Bourges against 5806 p. This year however, he completely let loose with: 1st at Pithiviers against 372 p., 21st at the National La Chatre against 15,780 p., 1st at the Inter Prov. Montluçon against 2598 p. and 10th place in the National Argenton against 10,962 p.
His brother, 09/881 aka ‘Junior’, is also an absolute class act. As a young pigeon, he flew the 43rd National Argenton against 23,900 p. and 169th in the National Zone C La Souterraine against 4581 p. As a yearling, he continued his push to include: 8th place at the Semi-Nat. Montluçon against 5907 p. and 121st at the National Argenton against 7,358 p., only to go on in 2011 to get 6th place at National La Chatre against 15,780 p., 2nd place at Pithiviers against 372 p., 4th place at Pithiviers against 344 p. and 292ndplace Semi-Nat. Chateauroux against 6281 p.
In Drieslinter, the season kicks off on 26 November when the breeders are paired. From pairing up until hatching, and after hatching, Premium Breeding Super from Beyers will be on the menu. This will feed the young birds, right up until they are two months old.
Then they get 50% Premium Breeding Super and 50% Vandenabeele, and from three months old, there’s just a Vandenabeele mixture on the menu.
The young pigeons are darkened from 10 March until 21 July and only then are they trained and raced.
The widowhood cocks are also fed Beyers mixtures. At the beginning of the week, it’s Vandenabeele and during the three days before basketing, they are given Premium Widowhood Super. Three evenings a week, the feed is mixed with amino acids and oil. Twice a week, all widowhood cocks get a teaspoon of Deli MultiMix—a mineral blend of herbs and animal protein—in their feeding tray.