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Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Art of Buying On-Line

Buying pigeons on-line can be very rewarding and also very disappointing. We can't put the bird in our hand, nor trust the photo will show us all. I've always believed in adding only IMPACT pigeons to our breeding lofts, and balancing our selections with performance, body conformation, pedigree, and health. So, how can we successfully determine the quality presented on these on-line auction sites?

Firstly, I will not register a bid or sale on an auction site I don't fully trust and have confidence in. These sites must be secure and conduct their business in a consistent professional manner with purchase conditions fully layed out for all to see.

Secondly, Know what your breeding loft requires. Have a PLAN. Don't add something you don't need, or will not compliment/enhance your existing stock.

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS - If the picture doesn't turn me on, than I don't give the bird a second thought or glance. There's no need to look at the pedigree and attachments, nor see why a bird is having a "bidding run", other than for entertainment. Possible breeders (and why would we buy anything else) have the stamp and stance of a CHAMPION. The wings are rich in color and texture. The wing, tail, and neck glow with vitality, and do not show wear.  The feather is tight, and the pigeon has a short forearm. The bird usually has short, thick legs, and sports a matching thick neck. The eye is bright and stands out like a 3D image. If you are following a well researched plan, you will already know the family markings and traits, and should be able to identify some of them in the photo. And, lastly, know when the picture was taken! Unfortunately a picture taken by an amateur usually does not allow the potential buyer to see the qualities the pigeon possesses, and good birds often do not sell, or fetch their true value.

Only open up the attachments and pedigrees when you are fully satisfied with the accompanying picture. Look for the performance birds within the pedigree. Hopefully you will find three generations of performance pigeons, including the Dam and/or Sire of the bird offered. If you are purchasing a seasoned pigeon, look for performance offspring and evidence that the seller has saved siblings for their own use. If the seller is not interested in saving the blood line in their breeding loft, than I'm not interested in trying it in mine!

BONUS ... is when the seller is offering a performance bird that has already produced performance youngsters. Better yet, has produced quality Daughters!

So why were we interested in "1146" shown above and offered by the Stan Rebejko Loft?

I always like to try a couple of new birds each year to see if they will 'nick' with my families of birds. And currently my breeding loft has a complete Sion and Tasker component. However, the Hofkens still required Janssen replacements, and Stan's "1146" shares ANCESTRY with some of my current Janssens. Although Stan flies in a very small club, his loft is filled with quality performers, and like all of us, needs to make room for upcoming stars. Perhaps, if "1146" produced winners in every nest, than Stan may have kept him longer. However, I'm looking for Genes that will supplement my own loft, and am happy with the information and performance supplied. Stan's description of "1146" included two wins from Hearst (800 km), and he invited all to look up this birds four year race history in the Canadian Racing Pigeon Union year books. So I did. This cock clocked in the top 10 positions 16 times, and flew velocities of 918 to 1634 mpm. A very rounded performer.  Stan stated that he was keeping five offspring, and that "1146" had produced a 2010 first place winner at the 503 km station.

Two comments Stan made, that supports the vitality seen in the picture of "1146" is that this 10 year old, handles like a three year old cock, and that his Grand Sire was fertile till 16 years old.

I hope the above thoughts help future on-line sellers and purchasers. Ensure the write up includes a quality picture, and includes the whole story. The seller can not know for certain what qualities or traits the purchaser is looking for. If the above thought process is used, the quality of birds offered on-line will certainly rise and their true value met.

I have not yet picked up "1146", but I'm sure he won't disappoint me.

TCC Loft - Mike Taylor

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Behind the Background?

Are the old families hidden behind the so-called Janssen's of today?

Look at the resemblance to Dr Bricoux's "LA PLUME NOIRE" Belg 25 300459 and the Janssens below.

"LA PLUME NOIRE" Belg 25 300459, Red Chequer Cock bred by Dr. Arthur Bricoux. Winner of many Prizes including 2nd Limoges, 4th Bordeaux, 10th Bordeaux, Dax, St. Vincent, Etc. Bred from "Noir Ecaille" Bekeman & "La Petite Rousse". La Plume Noire purchased by the late Dr. Anderson of Scotland from Dr. Bricoux. La Plume Noire was full brother to Dr. Bricoux's World Famous "JULES CESAR".

LA PLUME NOIRE picture & information taken from February 1966 Racing Pigeons International

TCC Loft - Mike Taylor

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

I feel very fortunate to have this bird in my loft. John has supplied TCC Loft with many quality birds over the years, and I was over whelmed when John Senior presented 05658 to me.

Thank-you John

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

03 FCQ 6495 Recessive Red Cock

"6495" bred by Gilles Chaloux, Quebec. A classic inbred pedigree to Meulemans Golden Couple.

"Mr Perfect" NL92-2244532, inbred son NL88-1104164, "Choco Flash", bred from B75-6758680 "Golden Witneus", when paired to his super daughter NL85-461235, "Perfection"! Dam of "Mr Perfect" is NL85-461235, "Perfection" again! This pure Meulemans cock shows all the class of the "Old Van Den Bosch" Foundation Cock!

"Platina" NL92-2244589 Meulemans extravaganza, from NL85-461452, "Sonny", son of the foundation pair B75-6758680, "Golden Witneus" and "Wittekrophen" NL77-590699, when paired to NL88-1103982, "Choco Platinum", daughter of "B75-6758680, "Golden Witneus" when paired to his top daughter NL85-461235, "Perfection"!

"Wittekrop Jr" B79-6752606, son of B70-6754671, "Wittekrop", fabulous son of the "Golden Pair", B67-6729926, "Van Den Bosch" and B66-6122023, "Blauw Janssen". His dam is B78-6155011, "011", daughter of the Champion "Kadet", B72-6111169, when paired to B75-6273704, "704 Bourgske". Wittekrop Jr." was bought back by Karel Meulemans at the total sale on the 26th of October 1980. He was put in double "bis" under lot 15 and 15b with B78-6155010, nest brother of the "011", from famous "Kadet". Herman Beverdam succeeded to buy "Wittekrop Jr." from Karel Meulemans and he turned out to be a Golden Producer!

"Wittekrop Duivin" NL77-590699, daughter of B75-6501308, "Wittekrop 308", son of "Wittekrop", B70-6754671 and B71-6770483, "Malie-Witpen", a pure Jos Van Den Bosch hen. Her dam is B72-6482080, "Witstaart", daughter "Golden Pair", B67-6729926, "Van Den Bosch" and B66-6122023, "Blauw Janssen"!

"Goulden Witneus" or "Genopte Witpen" B75-6758680, This fantastic producer, the direct son of the "Golden Pair" came through Gerhard Schlepphorst to Herman Beverdam, where he became the no. 1 producer of the Meulemans family, before he was sold on into the USA! All his children were fantastic producers and founded lofts world wide! In the new generation Meulemans producers you will find this exceptional producer in many pedigrees of today's foundation stock! The Herman Beverdam Meulemans are known for their unique class! They are as they were in 1976 of incredible class and they prove it every season again!

Meulemans' Golden Couple, B67-6729926, "Van Den Bosch" and B66-6122023, "Blauw Janssen"!
TCC Loft - Racing Pigeons - Mike Taylor

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rolf Bachman's CU 94 HV 490 Bronze Meulemans Cock

Sire and Dam's Pedigree's Rolf Bachmann's CU 94 HV 490 Bronze Wft Cock. Featuring KADET, and inbred to Meuleman's GOLDEN COUPLE. A gift from Rolf Bachman & Tony Paszterko, producing combine winner in first year of breeding.

Friday, February 26, 2010


Some of the birds behind Fred & John Weening's Foundation W. en G. Elzinga / Schaerlaekens.

TCC Loft - Mike Taylor

Fred Weening's Key Foundation Pedigrees

To help facilitate up coming "Bill Sheridan - Pondview Loft" auctions on choice pigeon, I am publishing key W. en G. Elinga / Schaerlaekens pedigrees as they come available.
CU 04 BI 3837
CU 05 8468
CU 98 17491
CU 98 OX 865
NL 95 1019218
NL 96 1682566
NL 96 2682509
NL 96 2682533
NL 99 1513307
NL 99 1513323
NL 99 1513335
NL 99 1513336
NL 99 1513341

Monday, February 22, 2010

TCC Loft - Mike Taylor

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bill Sheridan's NL-99-1513307 Schaerlaeckens Cock

307 is one of Bill's favorite breeding cocks. It has produced youngsters that have been successful, both in the Up North Combine, and birds that were sent to Florida. Bill will be offering a son off 307 in an up coming choice pigeon auction.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010

NL 95 1019218

AD Schaerlaekens lists over 30 winners directly off
Champion Breeder
"De Vale"
TCC Loft - Mike Taylor