By Jayne Mitchell on 2018-08-03
Rumbeke: Raf and Kurt Platteeuw from the West-Flamish city Rumbeke…
… both on a professional level as on a ‘pigeon-level’, this father-son combination can be considered as successful. It is unique what the Platteeuw pigeons managed so far in 2018. Last weekend they got the cherry on the cake by winning both the 1st as the 2nd national Tulle and we are convinced that when the rankings of the KBDB with ace birds are being revealed another layer of cream can be added.
“THEY LAUGH AT ME BECAUSE I’M DIFFERENT, I LAUGH AT THEM BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL THE SAME”
Whoever has spoken or visited Kurt Platteeuw won’t deny it … Kurt is a very motivated fancier. A guy that is full of ambition … a fancier that ‘stands-out’ in every aspect. His way of experiencing pigeon sport is not as with many of us. His approach to pigeon sport doesn’t know any boundaries and only the strongest of the strongest can and may survive. Many raise their eye brows when analysing his approach but when the results are on the table nearly every single fancier has to acknowledge the top results of the Platteeuw-pigeons. It is a system that doesn’t only take a lot of energy from the pigeons but also from the fancier … system where every little detail counts and where mistakes are being punished without a doubt. We will explain in about 12 points but will go to Rumbeke next Winter to get into it even deeper and share it with you:
The season started off with a group of 240 racing pigeons (cocks and hens). Important to know is that every single pigeon is being raced on every single race. The word ‘home stayer’ isn’t a word that is known by Kurt and Raf.
End of November all racers were being coupled. Coupled is a big word as Kurt let the pigeons pick out their own partner. All sliding doors are being opened and the party can begin.
When the first youngsters are being weened Raf and Kurt go along the lofts and those who don’t have youngsters yet are being taken away from the loft. Kurt “during the season I make use of the ‘chaos’ system but when I look at the breeding period I can surely also make us of the word ‘chaos’. The racing pigeons are on different lofts and on one loft I had 30% more hens then cocks … you know enough, no? For the hens the fight already started off right there. Jealousy for the hens was being awakened for the first time.
Once all are separated the hens go into the aviaries and the cocks stay on the lofts in boxes. Kurt explains: “Our youngsters are being raced on the sliding door system and in fact they are also being raced like this as a yearling and old bird”.
On the day of basketing they can train one more time around the loft. Afterwards they are being fed full house. At 11h30 all pigeons are being basketed and Kurt will drive them as far as 10km. At homecoming all sexes can come together and can do whatever they want. Around 16h they are being fed one more time and towards the evening they are being basketed for the race.
Kurt only selects out his first 6 pigeons … the others are being given randomly.
Both the old as the yearling cocks and hens did the next racing program : Chateauroux Prov. (470km), one week later Bourges National (430km), one week later Limoges National (620km) for the old and a provincial greater middle distance race for the year birds. Another week later Chateauroux National (470km), then they all stayed home one week to resume on Brive National (650km), one week later Gueret National (500km), one week later Limoges National (620km), another week later Jarnac National (630km), then again one week rest to be ready to shine on Tulle National (610km) and next week they will close the season with Angoulème national (620km). In total 10 races which makes that they will have flown 5,600km !
In a matter of feeding there is the “PLATTEEUW SPECIAL” mixture from Van Robaeys. This is being fed on a daily basis. This mixture is only being enriched the last 2 days before basketing with 20% sports mixture when the cocks are going to a long distance race. The hens get this addition only one meal before basketing.
On Saturday (day of homecoming) and on Sunday (resting day) they get “PLATTEEUW YELLOW DROPS (yellow drops against tricho) over the food. On Mondays and Tuesdays they add Oregano oil and Probac over the food and on Wednesdays and Thursdays Energy powder with lecithin oil. In the drinking water you can find at homecoming Carbo Plus and Recup Fast, all the other days they get pure water without any addition. The pigeons have to be able to drink a lot and Kurt fears that when there are products in the water, the pigeons won’t drink enough which can interfere with their form.
Every fortnight all pigeons are being treated on Monday with “PLATTEEUW YELLOW CRYSTALS”. This is self-made and comparable with ‘sliepzand’. Kurt: “It is a hell of a job to give this to all the pigeons. In full season we are busy with this with several people for 4 hours. Putting the powder in the beak, massage the throat, put away the pigeon for 5 minutes and then take out all the dirt out of the beak with a cotton swab.”
They get daily a lot and variated grit. Also this grit mixture is made according Kurt’s own recipe.
He doesn’t treat anymore with antibiotics. “I pull the card of the ‘natural strength’ now. I never look at the pedigree … race and race more … they select themselves and here in Rumbeke there is no room for those who can’t stay healthy in a natural way. The weak ones go out by themselves” is what Kurt tells – very convincing.
As mentioned before, a discussion with Kurt is this interesting that we will pass by again coming Winter to go more into detail.
“JULIA” : 1st NATIONAL TULLE
A top pigeon that wins … a jewel that went into the basket as 1st nomination for Tulle and didn’t disappoint. Together with “Rondelle” she came home at 13h46min but “Rondelle” hesitated a bit to go in and left the honour to “Julia” to win the 1st National.
Winning a national race is always something special, but winning a national with your best pigeon is the best you can get. Please take a seat and analyse the palmaris 2018 of this Tulle winner:
16 National Jarnac 4,940b.
25 National Brive 4,384b.
37 National Limoges 7,236b.
With these results “Julia” is in the running classification of Ace Bird Long Distance KBDB on the 3rd place.
Her father is “Notting Hill” (B15-3050070)…a marvellous cock who shined in 2018 already with a 18th National Brive 9,278b – 28th National Limoges 7,274b – 81st National Limoges 15,783b – 103rd National Bourges 20,280b – 129th National Jarnac 5,302b. The past season he also already won a 6th National Brive 9,106b and a 124th National Jarnac 5,134b. We will see “Notting Hill” this year for sure within the top of the KBDB Ace birds as in the current classification his ringnumber is on the 3rd place.
“RONDELLE”: 2nd NATIONAL TULLE
5 seconds after “Julia”, “Rondelle” clocked. “Rondelle” is a nice hen bred by Everaert Frederik from Zwijnaarde. She already won before the 75th National Brive 4,384b., 95th National Jarnac 4,940b. and the 342nd National Montélimar 2,042d.
“GIVE THEM A RECORD AND THEY WILL BREAK IT”
After Tulle Kurt announced proudly that they already won, this season alone, more than 100 Top 100 National classifications. Never seen before … people that can know told us that the Vandenheede brothers got one time 65 Top 100 classification in one season, but this record is now gone thanks to the Platteeuw pigeons. Kurt confesses that he has the weather in his advantage the entire season now. “If it was a constant Western wind, I wouldn’t have this many top 100 national classifications, but it is now like this, so we have to make the most of it.”
By Jayne Mitchell on 2018-06-08
By Jayne Mitchell on
You have those fanciers in the pigeon sport who it’s impossible not to admire …
Kurt Platteeuw is one of them. You can be for or against him, but you cannot help see that he is a truly devoted pigeon fancier. Nothing is too much trouble, no effort is too big if it means he can be busy with his pigeons, be fascinated by them, and also to play the top.
Together with his father, he has filled the websites and gazettes with top results for a number of seasons in the past few years. After an almost total sale they had to re-start, but it did not take long before they were back in front.
Kurt and Raf like to have a lot of pigeons, and like to play with a lot of pigeons. Kurt does not get his hunger from playing with a small basket of pigeons. It is the full monty or it is nothing. He uses the approach of the Verkerk’s and De Bruyn’s of this world.
1st Provincial, 1st National Z, 2nd National Bourges old birds with “New Magic”
Two years ago, Kurt collected a number of pigeons from Guido Van Caeneghem in Merelbeke. Guido has been a topper in the middle distance and heavy middle distance for years. He has a strong breeding strain and can also put them in the right direction. His numerous top prizes at provincial and national level are proof of this. Kurt acquired quality, and this year it has been proven.
“New Magic” (BELG:16/4249510) is a two year old cock who in the past has already put his nose to the window several times with 105th Provincial Limoges 3,128 birds; 268th Provincial Argenton 2,714 birds; and now at the top – 1st Club, 1st Provincial, 1st National Z and 2nd National Bourges.
Club 1st 688 birds
Provincial 1st 4,226 birds
National Z 1st 6,271 birds
National 2nd 20,280 birds
New Magic is on the father’s side a crossing of the Barnaby line Deno-Herbots x Guido’s own old lines. On his mother’s side, he is a Vandenabeele product. His mother is a granddaughter Mister Magic x the Beckham-line Deno-Herbots. Knowing that the Deno-Herbots lofts were very strongly based on the Vandenabeele pigeons, the influence of the strain in this pigeon is clearly present.
103 pigeons were basketed on the National Bourges race and 6 of them flew in the 101st of 20,284 pigeons. Yes, 103 is a large number but so also is 6 in the absolute top.
Limoges National : 7 pigeons in the first 100 National !!!
The pigeons came home the previous week from Bourges at a minute speed of 1,250 meters, so a pretty tough flight … and yes, on Wednesday they were basketed back for the National race from Limoges. Another flight of average of 1,200 meters per minute. When the form is clearly on top, you do not have to keep them home. It’s clear that Kurt’s team are in condition, they are flying well and are in shape. At the National Limoges 98 pigeons were basketed and it was again uphill.
With 7 pigeons in the first 100 National (of 15,783 pigeons) an incredible National result was made for the second weekend in a row:- National: 22.214.171.124.81.82.100 (from 15,783 birds). Provincial was also started with the 2nd & 3rd place.
“Isabel” (BELG:16/3116397) flies 1st Club 759 birds, 2nd Provincial 3,128 birds, and 16th National 15,783 birds.
This hen is the product of the crossing Erwin Samyn x Eric Vermander on the father’s side and on her mother’s side the old lines with a pinch of Etienne Devos.
“Gone Bliksem” (BELG:16/3116326) flies 2nd Club, 3rd Provincial, 17th National.
This hen already flew many top prizes on speed and middle distance, but also on the one day long distance with 47th Jarnac 5,117 birds, 200th Tulle 9,576 birds, 573rd Limoges 10,554 birds, and now the cherry on the cake – on top at Limoges National.
She is the daughter of a Martyn Mitchell pigeon (crossing Vandenabeele x Limbourg) and the mother is a direct hen of Eric Vermander.
The question we must ask now is … what motivated these pigeons to get the top now? Playing with many pigeons on total widowhood sometimes creates something more in the pigeon than the traditional approach. Were they suddenly jealous of another? Was their territory suddenly occupied by another couple? Were they suddenly the boss at one or another site? Who knows … but at least there was something in their environment that ensured that they could adjust that extra gear.
Kurt and Raf will certainly not leave it here. The cork is out of the bottle, and the biggest pressure is gone, but relaxing is not in their vocabulary. They will continue to roll up their shirt sleeves to enter the arena, and try to perform more incredible results. You have been warned!
Taken from Report written by Geert Dhaenens for Herbots 6-6-18
By Jayne Mitchell on
On top form in 2018 … winning 2nd National Bourges 20,280 birds on 26th May 2018
* 8 prizes in the top 100 National *
** 1st National Zone 6,271 birds **
After a good start to the season, preparing his team for the first National race of the year, it looks as though Kurt’s system is a winning formula.
He says “I race cocks and hens, the full season, from the first to the last race, giving them the best chance in terms of training, feed and ensuring good health. The team had been sent to Chateauroux the week before (293 miles), where we scored 7 in the top 10 old birds (887 birds), and 6 in the top 10 yearlings (356 birds), so we knew the team were ready.”
“Careful monitoring this week has produced a great result. We use the same system for each race – feeding as much as they want, and taking away after 5 minutes – Vanrobaeys Platteeuw Special No. 523 – it’s a mix which was created originally by my friends Martyn & Jayne Mitchell, and which has been developed to produce what I consider an optimum racing mix for the whole season.”
“On Monday we gave all the birds the Platteeuw Yellow Crystals to clear the mucus from the head – it’s a time-consuming task, but well worth it – without a clear head, the pigeons cannot orientate. We always follow this with the Platteeuw Yellow Drops, and then a Platteeuw Eye Drop on the day of basketing. With the National season now started, we are excited to see what our team of heroes can produce …”.
We wish Kurt every success for the rest of the season – here’s the full results from Saturday (listing only top 100 prizes):-
Provincial Bourges Old 4,226 birds
National Bourges Old 20,280 birds
By Jayne Mitchell on
KBDB PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
2nd Provincial Champions Overall
15 Provincial Ace Pigeons 2017
1st Grote Halve-Fond Old BELG:15/3115257
3rd Fond Yearling BELG:16/3116410
3rd Fond Young BELG:17/3024381
5th Grote Halve-Fond Yearling BELG:16/3116359
8th Kleine Halve-Fond Young BELG:17/3012465
1st Provincial Ace Pigeon GROTE HALVE-FOND OLD
BELG:15/3115257 “Young Mata Hari”
3rd Provincial Ace Pigeon FOND YEARLING
BELG:16/3116410 “Sea Surfer”
7th Provincial Ace Pigeon GR HALVE-FOND YEARLING
BELG:16/3116148 “Ace 148 Adele”
3rd Provincial Ace Pigeon FOND YOUNG
BELG:17/3024381 “Ace 381”
8th Provincial Ace Pigeon FOND YOUNG
BELG:17/3117201 “Ace Emcove”
5th Provincial Ace Pigeon FOND YOUNG
BELG:17/3117322 “Ace Red Coffin”
8th Provincial Ace Pigeon KLEINE HALVE- FOND YOUNG
BELG:17/3012465 “Ace 465”
5th Provincial Ace Pigeon GR HALVE-FOND YEARLING
BELG:16/3116359 “5th Ace”
9th Provincial Ace Pigeon FOND YOUNG
BELG:17/3117098 “Ace Jeffries”
5th Provincial Ace Pigeon GR HALVE-FOND YEARLING
BELG:16/4076117 “Ace Yearling”
9th Provincial Ace Pigeon KLEINE HALVE- FOND YOUNG
BELG:17/3117055 “Ace 055”
6th Provincial Ace Pigeon FOND YOUNG
BELG:17/3117030 “Ace Pau Coffin”
9th Provincial Ace Pigeon GROTE HALVE-FOND OLD
7th Provincial Ace Pigeon FOND YOUNG
BELG:17/3117274 “Ace New Varenne”
10th Provincial Ace Pigeon FOND YOUNG
BELG:17/3117082 “Ace Uncle”