Birdy and her remarkable mates

We’ve written a good deal about the world’s best One-Day Loft racer, but very little has been said about its breeding mates, notes Thomas Smit.

Only a few world-class cocks were chosen to be mated to Birdy. In addition to the Louis Wouters foundation and the stronger influence of the Hardy Kruger genetics, ‘Birdy discipline’ exists in the gene pool of original Janssens & Janssens Van Loon.

As a result, the genetic profile of the original C&G Koopman heritage connects with the Birdy foundation. An extended link continues in the lines of Pieter Veenstra and prototype Jan Hooymans.

Birdy’s direct offspring were not raced, but used as prime stock. Sparingly bred since 2008, Birdy’s offspring are amongst the most powerful hereditary transmitters ever, producing top results.

Birdy’s first mate was Zander (DV06369-06-714).

Bred by Esser & Son, it is part of the Blue Dynasty of Pieter Veenstra. Zander’s great-grandsire, Mr Surhuizum, is the brother of Mr Ermerveen, First National Ace pigeon in 2000 and Olympiad Pigeon, Cape Town, a year later. Mr Surhuizem is the sire of Mr Blue, a first National Ace in the tough Wie Heeft Ze Beter (WHZB) in the Netherlands.

Mr Blue is the sire of NL1909293-05, dam of three different Ace pigeons and one of the finest stock hens in the world.
Zander’s dam is a daughter of Replay, an Ace pigeon in the Netherlands (Louis van Loon) mated to a sister of Gentil (Olympiad Pigeon, 1997). Gentil is the sire of Kleine Dirk (with Golden Lady, daughter of The Kannibaal).

Top click pair
Another mate for Birdy was Good Aim, third in the 2009 SA Million Dollar Pigeon Race (SAMDPR). Their progeny ultimately produced Den Dromer and its De Rauw-Sablon/Marcel Aelbrecht line is dominating the world. Next was Terry, a five-time winner. Its sire is Saxon and its dam Jordan, one of Germany’s greatest click pairs. Then there was Der Dicke, placed 101 in the 2008 SAMDPR. On its sire’s side, it is a blend of the Hoffkens, Janssens and Meulemans lines.