Peeters-Van Crombruggen uit Nijlen, big in 2016.

Peeters-Van Crombruggen,Nijlen, big in 2016:
2nd Prov. champion middle distance old and 4th Prov. Champion LMD old.



Nijlen was known in the past as one of the most important cities in processing rough diamonds. This area prospered for year thanks to this worthful business. This processing of diamonds disappeared a bit in the current Nijlen but they still process seldom seen jewels. And now I don’t speak about the precious stones but about the pigeon-jewels from the tandem Paul Peeters - Lut Van Crombruggen. Every year you can find this man/woman combination on all important stages. The new star of the Bouwelsesteenweg in Nijlen is the chequered cock ‘Apollon’. What this crack achieved in the latest year can be summarized in one word, Phenomenal ! He took the entire racing team in tow by his marvellous victory drive. The results don’t lie, Paul and Lut became 2nd provincial champion middle distance and 4th provincial champion great middle distance, both with the old pigeons. The crack ‘Apollon’ himself became 1st ace bird ‘ “La Colombophile Belge”. Normally he would have been 9th national ace bird KBDB, but just as the registration form of his loft mate ‘Aeolus’ (last year 10th national ace bird, this year normally 11th national ace bird KBDB) got lost at the offices from the KBDB in Halle.  By big annoyance of the successful tandem as pigeons who can classify themselves within the national ace birds are still the ‘white blackbirds’. And looking at their championship list, I think their breeding loft is slowly on turning ‘white’. What kind of class is to be found over here!!!

The breeding loft; a collection of superb racers and ace birds.

I can hear the hair splitters amongst us talking, ‘Yes, Paul Peeters got it the easy way, he could start off with the best of his father’! Paul was indeed this lucky. His father, Berre was a star in his time. He raced under the name Van Leest-Peeters and crushed the competition at moments. That Paul raced ‘well’ from the start on wasn’t something to be surprised of. But starting off well is one thing, but confirming afterwards and even becoming better is another.



The base of the breeding loft, and so the successes, are still the iron strong base of father Berre (Van Leest-Peeters), especially the “Bobby”-strain. But standing still is going backwards, so Paul and Lut went out to look for suitable crossing material. They found it at the lofts of several Antwerp stars. This is how strenghtening came onto the loft from Willy Daniëls (Kessel), Walter Roziers (Berlaar), Alfons Van De Wouwer (Nijlen), Geerinckx (Wommelgem), Roger De Rijck (Nijlen), brothers Van Gestel (Bevel) and Marc Heylen (Bouwel). As last Paul went to get some speed devils at Ceulemans Raymond from Itegem. The first signs say that this is again bull’s eye.

Darkening the widow cocks

The widow cocks (about 30 where off 2/3 year birds) can’t breed after the season, they can only sit on eggs twice. After this they move to the aviaries until the winter coupling (beginning of December), then they can raise a couple of youngsters. After this breeding period the preparation of the new season heads of. In the beginning of the season they train once a day but when the middle distance races are coming they train twice a day. Always a full hour with the windows closed. What occurred to me in the system is next thing; the widow cocks don’t come out anymore from the beginning of September until the middle of February. Also the darkening is quiet striking, from the beginning of February until the middle of March they are in the dusk between 17h00 and 8h30. This has two reasons; keeping their pins longer (so postponing the moulting) and having the right form during the most important races. At the contrary to most of the middle distance racers, the sexes do come together before basketing. Not very long but long enough to set the small flame from the racing team on fire.

racing hens; both on widowhood as on nesting position

The racing hens are being coupled beginning of February and just as the widow cocks they can breed a couple of youngsters. When their youngsters are two weeks old, the cocks disappear and the ladies stay single and raise their breed alone. There are being raced on widowhood in the beginning of the season. The tandem don’t lock up their hens, but they are on rosters. Before the last national races, Paul puts them on nest, which takes care of the necessary fire into the hens. Now the hens have a great number of kilometres in their wings.

The youngsters

The first months all the youngsters stay together (about 100). After the first short distance races the sexes are being separated and raced on sliding doors. They are off course also being darkened, the first round from the 1st of February until the 10th of June and the second round until the 3rd week of June. The sliding door system works very well according to Paul, but if the youngsters would have a fixed (old) partner their results would even improve, he is really certain of it.

Every Tuesday they go to Ittre!

Not that Paul and Lut go to the local market in Ittre every Tuesday, no, at the contrary, as from May, the old birds get every week an extra race from Ittre (about 70km). Once the youngsters experienced their first short distance races, they will also have to go on this weekly trip. He releases them in small groups to improve their orientation and also to limit losses. The tandem Peeters-Van Crombruggen do have great pigeon but they also do very much to get their athletes in the best condition possible at the start.

Overweight is not allowed

Lut and Paul do hate pigeons that are too fat. It doesn’t do any good; getting in the right from very hard, getting sick faster, fertilize worse….So all pigeons are being fed properly the entire year through. The brand that suits Paul for years now is “Vanrobayes”. In their broad range he always finds the right mixture to keep his pigeons in the right condition the entire year round.

The feeding schedule for the widow cocks and racing hens is almost the same, only the ladies get smaller portions, this to avoid the breeding amongst each other a bit. After the racing season the racing pigeons do get, according to me, a rather light fodder, this exists out of a part purification and moulting mixture. As they couple their racing team 1st of December, they get two weeks before a richer mixture, 100% moulting plus flax seed, hempseed and other small seeds. As from the effective coupling onto the hatching of the eggs it is pure moulting-mixture. As from the moment the eggs are turned into small youngsters Paul changes onto Premium Power breed. To get the racing pigeons onto their ideal weight after the breeding period, they get the purification mixture ‘Casaert’, twice a day, one soupspoon.

Once the racing season has started, the sports mixtures are being given. After a race they eat ‘Sport N°25’ (takes care of extra recuperation), and later a few days ‘Diet Extra’. The last days before basketing again ‘Sport N°25’ and the last feedings also a large amount of ‘Topenergy’ accomplished with peanuts and candy (N°27).

As the youngster have to grow the first week they do get Premium Power breed for a while. After that they follow the same schedule as their older colleagues, first a while ‘Casaert’ to get onto the right weight (and will train at home harder) and then the sports mixtures (see widow cocks and racing hens).

Medically nothing is being left to the coincidence

In consultation with their vet, Raf Herbots, the tandem practices modern pigeon sport. Meaning that nothing is being left to the coincidence but a cure or a treatment is only being done after the advice of their vet.  Paul is always conscious for a break out of paratyphus. That’s why all pigeons get a cure against this disease in fall. This is being repeated before the start of the new season, 1st of March, but after this cure, the pigeons are also being vaccinated. Against tricho he cures every year twice, once in December (during the breeding period), the second one after their second middle distance race. During the season Paul and Lut observe every pigeon individual. If they notice that the form is decreasing they give a tricho pill. They both are very pleased with the use of ‘yellow drops’, they have to use less antibiotics, what the form increases off course. Also Paul doesn’t wait until they have respiratory or head problem. This is how he cures the racing pigeons after a few short distance races with Soludox (4 days), to keep the heads clear he uses eye drops from Raf Herbots. They follow this medical schedule for years now, both for the old as the young birds. Last year they vaccinated for the first time one loft youngsters twice against paramyxo. As this ‘experiment’ was a success, the second round also got two vaccinations. They didn’t vaccinate against herpes this year.

A broad range on side products.

In the chapter above you could already read that Paul and Lut leave the entire medical aspect in the hands of Raf Herbots (Velm, Sint-Truiden). Well, in a matter of the side products they are also a big fan / user of the Herbovet-range from doctor Raf and of the Herbots-products. Besides this the tandem attach much importance to the use of different kinds of grit mixtures. The pigeons get every day home-made grit mixture, this mixture exists out of grit from Vanrobaeys, Rhonfriëd, regular pick, kelp, and red stone.

Introduction of two topbirds !

6107488/14 named “Apollon”

This chequered cock has a nice palmaris on his name. With as nice coronation 1st Ace Pigeon Title of La Colombophile Belge MD 2016. “Apollon” his father, “Ace Wakke” was a great racer himself. He got head prizes from Quievrain to Souillac and became 1st provincial ace bird Antwerp Long distance old birds. The blood strains of “Apollon” are the best of the loft of Peeters-Van Crombruggen; Jozef Keirsmakers, Heremans-Ceusters and off course the old strain of father Berre (Van Leest-Peeters).

His palmaris

  • 8th Nat. Bourges 7,479b.
  • 6th Nat. Argenton 3,110b.
  • 1st Souppes 162b.
  • 3rd Souppes 192b.
  • 4th Souppes 532b.
  • 4th Melun 492b.
  • 6th Melun 665b.
  • 7th Melun 296b.
  • 10th Gien 1,694b.


6121598/15 aka “Chuck”

Whisker got “Chuck” the national victory on Argenton. But had to leave one ahead in the last sprint. It was Jos Daans from Schriek who won this race. “Chuck” was flagged 1st in the national zone (against 1,194b). That this chequered cock wasn’t a mayfly was proven on the race out of Chateauroux, Tulle and some short middle distance races. “Chuck” ’s father is from Willy Daniëls and mother’s genes are from Leo Heremans-pigeons and Danny Van Dyck (Strain “Di Caprio”/”Kanibaal”). Out of this superb breeding couple another top pigeon arose namely “Fats”. A super racer with amazing head prizes. To sum up the most important once; 15th Nat. Bourges 9,256b., 57th Nat. Chateauroux 18,604b., 65th Montluçon 11,056b.

Palmaris “Chuck”

  • 1st Nat. zone Argenton 1,194b.
  • 2nd Nat. Argenton 4,582b.
  • 42nd Nat. Chateauroux 10,442b.
  • 36st Prov. Tulle 853b.
  • 1st Noyon 33b.
  • 6th Souppes 2,031b.
  • 3rd Souppes 720b.
  • 26th Souppes 1,348b.
  • 58th Pont 2,695b.


A few nice results 2016








13 /   17




3 /4




5 / 7




2 / 3




4 / 4




3 /3




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7 /   11




10 /   11




7 / 8




2 / 4




4 / 6




5 / 5




3 /6
















3 / 4




5 /8

La   Souterraine



7 / 9








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Championships 2016

  • 1st General Champion LD club Bevel
  • 1st  Ace bird La Colombophile Belge Old
  • 2nd  Provincial champion Antwerp MD Old
  • 4th  Provincial champion Antwerp GMD Old
  • 14th  National champion K.B.D.B Youngster GMD
  • 17th  National champion K.B.D.B Old MD


In brief, the tandem Peeters-Van Crombruggen made a great season again last year. And listen very carefully, within a few weeks you will see them appear again top of the list.
Congratulations, the Herbots-team !

Kris Steeman, Zele