4th NATIONAL ACE ONE DAY LONG DISTANCE
4x fastest of the total release
(against 31,685 – 12,985 – 10,321 and 10,069 pigeons)
He is still motivated! I met Kees Bosua for the first time in Ophasselt at a public auction some 20 years ago. He is a passionate searcher: he wants to win, is always looking for the best and if possible, he buys it. He is never afraid but always looks ahead and tries to win. And that is the reason why he is still doing it. Last year, in 2016, he switched to the “total widowhood” method and his conclusion is: “I like it very much…”
During our visit at the end of 2016, he was busy reconstructing his lofts, which were already older and in need of renovation.
Kees is always optimistic and knows what he wants. When it comes to pigeons, he wants to win. The 2017 season closed very well; he will be crowned as 1st National Champion of Holland One Day Long Distance. Or to put it another way, the best in Holland with his pigeons winning 1st and 2nd in the races from 400-600km!
At the beginning, his colony was based on the world-famous “Autokoppel”, a topper of Arie v.d. Rhee (Alblasserdam) paired with a daughter of Uno of Raoul Verstraete (Oostakker). They became parents of many famous birds such as Miss Marbella (1st Provincial Sens against 24,033 pigeons + winner of a car). This winning hen was paired with Porky and again, top pigeons were born. The famous Kerkduifje and her nest-brother Kannibaal were also grandchildren of Autokoppel. Kerkduifje went down in history by winning the national victory from Le Mans against 120,936 pigeons!!! Then, Kees became famous all over the world, but because of the pressure and demand, he decided in 2008 to sell the greater part of his colony. He held on to the base, though. Today the name of Bosua is still found at the top of pigeon racing, but he has stopped doing business. All he wants is to race his feathered friends and enjoy it!
2017 was the first year he raced his birds from his renovated lofts. Now, there are open aviaries in front of each compartment. This gives the pigeons more oxygen and is also much easier for the fancier himself. With the “total widowhood” method, the hens stay in the aviary all day long (these are covered and not draughty!). In the evening, around 5pm, they move to the resting compartment, where they are closed in via a sliding door and where can rest and remain as calm as possible.
Tip: the hen of a good cock stays at home and the cock of a good hen stays at home. That is the key to good motivation.
What’s important according to Kees Bosua?
A good loft: dry, clean and free of draught
Regularity: everything should be done at the same time every day with respect for the biorhythm of the birds
Good feed: “When you work hard, you have to eat well.”
Make sure you have enough young blood in the breeding loft. Those that score well have to be moved to the breeding loft as soon as possible because the good ones usually are bred from good ones!
Observe: spend as much time as possible with your feathered friends, so you can see what needs to be done. The pigeons will let you know.
Good supplements: every day the breeders as well as the racers receive several kinds of minerals and picking stones, which provide for good digestion. It is probably the cheapest, but best product to keep the pigeons in good health!
Care during the season
On arrival from a race, their first drink is always pure water. Afterwards, they receive electrolytes (Avipharm) and glucose + vitamin C (Mumm). Next, for about 3 days, he uses Hexenbier (this provides for nice clean bodies, white noses and healthy pigeons).
Three days a week, RO 200 conditioning powder is sprinkled on top of the feed.
Care during the moulting period
For Kees, this is the most important period of the year. During that phase, the pigeons need all necessary nutrition. It is the time in which their new feathers are formed for the next season. If you make a mistake then, you will notice it in their feathers! During that period, they receive extra vitamins such as Gervit-W and Bt-Amin forte in their drinking water every day. On the feed, he uses Taubengold and RO 200 together with Pavifac.
Care during the breeding period
Here Kees likes to use Avidress Plus, which ensures that the intestines remain in good condition and that the pigeons breed beautiful youngsters. During that period, he also uses Gervit-W two or three times a week.
The rockets of Dordrecht:
Macsie (NL 15-1710524) deliverd an impressive number of top prizes:
1st Pont St. Max against 12,808 pigeons, also fastest against 34,093 pigeons
1st Duffel against 3,872 pigeons, also fastest against 12,985 pigeons
1st Asse against 2,626 pigeons, also 2nd fastest against 8,981 pigeons
2nd Peronne against 1,516 pigeons
3rd Arras against 3,988 pigeons, also 3rd fastest against 12,298 pigeons
6th Laon against 1,600 pigeons
10th Nanteuil against 1,351 pigeons
11th Peronne against 1,466 pigeons
13th Pont St Max against 1,062 pigeons
Her sire is a half-brother of Moreno and her dam is Quenta, who is a half-sister of Ultra Boy. Kees also had sensational success with Joey (4th National Ace Pigeon in the One Day Long Distance)
1st Bourges against 1,186 pigeons, also fastest against 10,321 pigeons
1st Nanteuil against 336 pigeons, also 12th against 7,763 pigeons
6 th Châteauroux against 661 pigeons, also 52nd against 6,924 pigeons
9 th Argenton against 2,967 pigeons, also 12th against 8,125 pigeons
11th Pont St Max against 1,062 pigeons
12th Vierzon against 1,280 pigeons
Joey´s sire is Charlie, who himself was 1st National Ace Pigeon in the Heavy Middle Distance, and Joey’s dam is Choncita, who is a very good racer stemming from Kees‘ stock line.