Roziers – Xiang ( Itegem )
1st National ace KBDB middle distance young birds 2021
1st National ace KBDB fond old birds 2022
Jelle has been competing on the highest level in our sport for several years and especially with youngsters he can be devastating. But since a few years he also has a loft of widowers and hens. “Step by step” Jelle replicates “so I have everything under control and find the system that suits me and my pigeons.” During our conversation, the word “specialist” was dropped, but he prefers not to use this because the tide can also turn quickly and then you are already standing there “specialist”.
The goal here is quite simple, breed a nice team of young pigeons, try to keep them healthy and then the basket does the rest. The best are allowed to stay as yearling and old, the very best including national winners or ace pigeons get their place in the breeding loft and are not sold. He used to do that but now it’s important to keep the top birds in his own loft.
The season 2021 was a top season for Jelle with 1st National Ace pigeon heavy middle distance young birds as the icing on the cake. The 2nd time in 5 years they won this coveted title.
Jelle is a young fancier of 39 years old. He has four sons. His wife has her own practice and is a medical pedicurist. In 2011 he became a professional fancier. A child’s dream because as a young boy he had already said that he wanted to become a professional fancier. The performances were good and also the commercial side came in handy. Before he took this step, he had many professions. He did gardening, security work and was a municipal worker in Berlaar.
Corona did not affect his life as a professional fancier. There were fortunately no financial consequences. Of course, there were fewer trips abroad and fewer visitors. Despite this he has never regretted becoming a professional fancier. Jelle apparently has no stress at all.
Father Paul Roziers, grandfather Gust Roziers, great-grandfather Marcel Busschots and Uncle Walter Roziers were all pigeon fanciers. So Jelle Roziers could not possibly miss pigeon racing. Jelle, then 8 years old, was often on the lofts of grandfather Gust. Gust was not only his grandfather but also his best friend and Jelle went with him to basket pigeons. He even lived with grandfather.
In 1995, Jelle was 12 years old, he got his first loft of 2,5 m x 2 m at his home. He started with pigeons from grandfather and some from local fanciers and raced on speed with ups and downs. He raced three years on his first loft at mother’s house.
From 1998 to 2005 he joined the tandem Roziers-Guldentops. Father had a “companion de route” in pigeon racing at that time. In 2006 he was loft manager at Kris Cleirbaut and with great success. From 2007 to 2014 Paul and Jelle Roziers raced together in Berlaar and Bevel. As of 2015 they have been racing together under the name Roziers-Xiang. The Chinese Jixiang (Green) Xiang wanted to race together with someone in Belgium and he had the right man in Jelle Roziers. It is a smooth combination without any problems. He is a pigeon connoisseur and came for corona two or three times a year to Belgium. Nowadays there is several weekly contacts via WeChat, but during the racing season Jelle makes the decisions alone.
“Queen L” B04/6277729 who won 1st National La Souterraine against approx. 16,000 youngsters became the foundation hen of the colony. With “Queen L” there was co-breeding with the Houben family (several times), Jos and Jules Engels, Putte and Van Hove-Uytterhoeven, Putte. The father of “Queen L” comes from grandfather Gust Roziers and the mother comes from Theo Yskout, Hulshout. Also, a cock from grandfather Gust Roziers x a hen from Van Looy-Somers, Vorselaar were at the basis of the colony.
Later pigeons were added from friend Eddy Noël, Baasrode, Bart Geerinckx, Wommelgem (with “Whity Bart”) and Jos Vercammen, Vremde, as well as a cock from friend Kurt Vandenbruel, Itegem.
Jelle has also had success with crossing in pigeons from Hennie Kallmeyer (Ireland) and also with pigeons from Op de Beeck-Baetens, Putte.
Widowers till 700 km
We fly with 12 widowers (of which 3 are yearlings) of which the old widowers will be coupled on December 20 and will breed a couple of youngsters. The yearlings are not coupled. At the end of March, the cocks and hens are together for five days and in that period, they are trained. They are raced with partners who stay at home. They are trained once a day in the morning. The training is done in ten stages up to 25 km.
The widower’s team is raced on the national races up to 700 km. At basketing, the cocks do not see their partner. On arrival of a race, the cocks and hens do not immediately come together. The cocks can first recover and see their partner the next day from 10 am to 4 pm.
It is very striking that in the widower’s loft, there are only racks and no living boxes (see photo).
Racing hens up to 600 km
In the period from 2008 to 2011, they already raced successfully with hens. In Itegem they also raced with hens in 2018 and 2019 but the hens did not have an ideal loft. But that is about to change because a new loft has been built with better access to the sun. For 2022, a team of 21 hens is ready that will be raced as follows.
The hens are raced on classic widowhood with a partner who stays at home, and they don’t do any early breeding. At the end of March, they get together for five days. Once a day in the evening they train. The hens fly the races up to 600 km and are used on all races. Also, the hens are raced 10 times up to 25 km.
At basketing they come together with their partner for 1 hour. After arrival of a race, they stay together until the next day. During the week, the hens are in a loft with shelves and on the bottom of the loft there are roles which should prevent them from mating.
Youngsters on the sliding door system
The 160 youngsters are bred from breeders (two rounds) and old racers (one round). The youngsters are weaned at the age of 25 days. From weaning they are darkened until the beginning of July from 17.30 to 7.30. There is extra light from August to the end of the season from 6 am to 10 pm. After that the youngsters are transported 1 or 2 times a week for a short flight of 50 to 60 km.
With the sliding door, the sexes are separated but at basketing, cocks and hens are not together. Jelle doesn’t find it necessary to leave them together. After arrival of a race, they stay together for the duration of the race. Also, at the loft of the youngsters there are only lofts and no living boxes.
Jelle pays most attention to the game with the youngsters but now there is a growing interest in the game with the old pigeons and the yearlings. Competing on all fronts gives an added value to the pigeon hobby.
Ace pigeon “Queen of Heaven”
“Queen of Heaven” B21/6013030 is the 1st Nat. Ace Pigeon Great middle distance Young Pigeons. She is a medium sized blue hen with a soft plume and a good eye. She has a perfect wing and is well closed. In short, it is a nice quiet pigeon. It is also a strong pigeon that stands there in all types of weather. It is a real headliner and we have never had such a good pigeon, says Jelle. Flying provincially and national to the head is her main specialty.
She won the title of 1st national ace with the 14th nat. Bourges 18.710 d (3rd prov.), 10th nat. Argenton 23,124 d (8th prov.) and 40th nat. La Souterraine 14315 d (9th prov.).
Father is the 2nd Nat. ace Great middle distance young birds 2016. Mother “Zofia” is also the mother of “Mississippi Girl,” and she was the best young pigeon of Belgium in 2020 on 4 national flights.
A top hen is undoubtedly “Zofia” B18/6034050. She became the mother of:
– “Queen of Heaven” B21/6013030. She became the 1st Nat. ace Great middle distance Young pigeons 2021. She won 10th Nat. Argenton 23,124 d, 14th Nat. Bourges 18,710 d, 40th Nat. La Souterraine 14,315 d.
– “Mississippi Girl” B20/6053151. She became 1st Best young pigeon of Belgium at 4 national races 2020 and 15th Nat. Ace pigeon Great middle distance Young pigeons 2020. She won 28th nat. Chateauroux 15322 d, 202nd Nat. Châteauroux 20,789 d, 221st Nat. Argenton 23,280 d, 386th Nat. Bourges 28,551 d.
Jelle Roziers follows the system of AIDI for all his pigeons. Mix 1 is an easily digestible fiber-rich mixture for the beginning of the week. Mix 2 is a mixture rich in proteins and Mix 3 is a mixture rich in fats.
After arriving at a race, on Saturday it becomes Mix 3. On Sunday and Monday, it will be Mix 1. On Tuesday, the hens Mix 1 and the cocks Tuesday morning Mix 1 and on Tuesday evening Mix 2. On Wednesday morning the cocks Mix 2, and the hens Mix 1. For the hens and cocks on Wednesday evening Mix 3. On Thursday all pigeons Mix 3.
The day after returning home, Health Elixir is put in the drinker. On Monday and Tuesday Health Elixir alternated with Pro Bacterial. On Wednesday Condition Booster (amino acids), alternated with Chelats, and oil over the feed. Upon returning home, protein Boost + Recup Fast is provided.
The veterinarian is An Havet, Blanden. Against trichomonas there was no treatment, only the yellow drops of Kristof Mortelmans were provided. The old and yearlings get a yellow drop in the nose the day after the race only when it is two nights basket. In April, the pigeons get a yellow drop in the nose two days in a row.
After a race with two nights basket, the youngsters get the yellow drops over two feedings. In June before the flight season, the youngsters get four feedings of yellow drops. That is a one-time thing.
Old and young pigeons are vaccinated once against Paramyxo and against smallpox with the brush. In 2021 there was twice a vaccination against paramyxo but in the future this will no longer happen.
There has been no vaccination against paratyphoid for three years. There has also been no vaccination against herpes for three years. Paramyxo-Rota has never been used. Against respiratory infections, the old pigeons were treated for five days with Soludox. The youngsters were not treated.
Every three weeks the lofts are disinfected with Koudijs Droogontsmetter. Eye drops have not been used for five years. Adeno is not an insurmountable problem. Sometimes adeno is present for two years and then not for three.
We play on 20 m lofts or 4 m for the widowers, 13 m for the youngsters and 3 m for the racing hens. The cocks and hens have a loft with a flat roof. The front of the loft is completely wire and that remains open winter and summer and day and night. The young pigeons have a loft with a pointed roof and there the front of the loft is also completely in wire. There are no aviaries in front of the lofts. They are insulated lofts though. The lofts are cleaned every day and Jelle does everything himself. With the youngsters and old cocks there are beech dander on the bottom of the loft, and it stays like that for an entire year. The hens have wooden grids on their sleeping loft with rolls on top. Once a year there is a big cleaning. There is no glass in the lofts.
Breeding is done in 50 breeding boxes with 50 breeding pairs. The breeders are coupled in the second half of December. We do have family breeding such as grandchildren of “Queen L” x grandchildren of “Queen L”.
Proven racers become breeders. Children of proven toppers (automatically linebreeding “Queen L”) come to the breeding loft. Also, children of toppers from other lofts come to the breeding loft. Partner Xiang sometimes buys proven racers on certain auctions.
They do compensate couples. There is a light at the breeders. Mainly the bloodline of “Queen L” x Houben is coupled together with the new input of Eddy Noël, Bart Geerinckx and Jos Vercammen. There is no pre-pairing.
We are looking for steady pigeons that regularly fly top 100 or top 200 (national). All pigeons that can fly early in any discipline go to the breeding loft. The model of the pigeon plays no role whatsoever.
Unbelievable… Jelle is internationally known as a real specialist with the young pigeons but this season (2022) he has proven with great distinction that he can also knock out the old and yearlings on the national long-distance races.
As it looks now (date 19/08) Roziers-Xian wins
1st National ace KBDB Fond old birds with their topper “Pullman” (B20-6053001) and they will become 2nd or 3rd national champion KBDB Fond in the category yearlings! Letters of nobility that can more than count … pure class of the highest order!
1st National Ace pigeon KBDB Fond old pigeons 2022
To be crowned KBDB National Ace Pigeon long distance one has to take the 3 best long-distance results (national, zonal, or provincial level) to choose from the races Limoges, Valence, Montelimar, Brive, Cahors, Souillac, Tulle and Libourne. One of the results must be obtained on one of the last 3 flights.
“Pullmann” secured the national ace pigeon title with the following top results:
1st Provincial and 68th National Libourne (798km) against 3,317 old birds
1st Provincial and 16th National Brive (705km) against 6,117 old birds
3rd Provincial and 18th National Limoges (670km) against 17,374 old birds
Jelle says: “My national ace pigeon performed in a special way. He shone on Limoges and afterwards he won a “flat price” on Tulle. On Brive it was bingo again and one flight later, on Souillac, he won a flat price again. I then said to Bart Geerinckx, if he does what he always does, he should top on Libourne and indeed he did.
I was waiting impatiently in my guard house and suddenly from the east he came storming in like an arrow from a bow. I will never forget the sound of his “whizzing wings”. Unique… still can’t believe that I can write this ace title on my record.”
See further to see the pedigree and pictures of “Pullmann”
Jelle, congratulations on these impressive results