Basketing Release Race Number of pigeons Category
25 Jul 09:44
29 Jul 07:30
Tulle | 2018 5320



Distance: 607km
Velocity: 1612,20 m/m  and 1611,85 m/m

1-Platteeuw Raf & Kurt-A

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.


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…a 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 Rumbuke next Winter to get into it even deeper and share it with you:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 year bird and old bird”.
  5. 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.
  6. Kurt only selects out his first 6 pigeons…the others are being given randomly.
  7. Both the old as the yearling cocks and hens did the next racing program : Chateauroux Prov. (470km), on 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 !
  8. In a matter of feeding there is the “Platteeuw special” mixture from Van Robaeys. This is being fed on a daily bases. This mixture is only being enriched the last 2 days before basketing with 20% sports mixture when the cocks are going to race a long distance race. The hens get this addition only one meal before basketing.
  9. 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 on their shape.
  10. Every fortnight all pigeons are being treated on Monday with “Platteeuw Yellow Crystals”. This is an own fabricate 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.
  11. They get daily a lot and variated grit. Also this grit mixture is made according Kurt’s’ own recipe.
  12. 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.


A top pigeon that wins…a jewel that went into the basket as 1st signed for Tulle and didn’t disappoint her favourite roll. 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.


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.


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 much top 100 national classifications. But it is now like this, so we have to get out the most of it.’

Kurt and Raf…a big congratulations from the entire Herbots team and go for the next marvellous result !

B17-3117153 : 1st NATIONAL TULLE 5,320 YEARBIRDS


B17-4183706: 2nd NATIONAL TULLE 5,320 YEARBIRDS

Stefan Mertens


Number of pigeons


Les Amis de Bordeaux - Tulle - TELEVIE  
TULLE    28-07-2018       
Local Oude/Vieux Jaar./Year. Tota(al)  
Vlaams Brabant        
KAPELLE O/D BOS 17 39 56  
ANDERLECHT 18 46 64  
GOOIK 25 48 73  
HERENT 77 104 181  
BEERSEL 35 62 97  
TESTELT 26 37 63  
TIENEN 171 148 319  
  369 484 853  
Brabant Wallon        
MONT ST.GUIBERT 17 24 41  
NIVELLES 38 20 58  
RAMILIES 163 218 381  
WAVRE 17 72 89  
  235 334 569  
BEERSE 11 20 31  
BEVEL 27 38 65  
HERENTALS 21 22 43  
HOUTVENNE 25 38 63  
MECHELEN 27 52 79  
MOL 42 110 152  
OUD-TURNHOUT 41 69 110  
RETIE 19 22 41  
SCHILDE 32 9 41  
SINT-JOB-IN-'T GOOR 47 99 146  
STABROEK 14 10 24  
WIJNEGEM 25 38 63  
  331 527 858  
Local Oude/Vieux Jaar./Year. Tota(al)  
AVELGEM 13 41 54  
GISTEL 111 94 205  
REKKEM 83 103 186  
ROESELARE 59 47 106  
WINGENE 83 94 177  
STEENBRUGGE 129 127 256  
VLAMERTINGE 73 99 172  
KORTEMARK 161 202 363  
  712 807 1519  
DENDERMONDE 59 99 158  
EEKLO 180 138 318  
GENT 55 117 172  
LOKEREN 118 107 225  
VIANE-MOERBEKE 163 174 337  
RONSE 82 86 168  
SINT-GILLIS-WAAS 43 98 141  
ELST 181 263 444  
  881 1082 1963  
ST.TRUIDEN 23 79 102  
LANAKEN 45 41 86  
MAASEIK 65 70 135  
TONGEREN 97 164 261  
ZONHOVEN 61 48 109  
  358 575 933  
Local Oude/Vieux Jaar./Year. Tota(al)  
ATH 56 52 108  
ESTINNES-AU-VAL 142 186 328  
GIVRY 42 42 84  
LESSINES 74 80 154  
LEUZE-EN-HAINAUT 41 86 127  
MARBAIX-LA-TOUR 39 18 57  
PONT-A-CELLES 129 92 221  
SOIGNIES 92 53 145  
TOURNAI 98 105 203  
  821 813 1634  
COUVIN 45 92 137  
FALISOLLE 61 87 148  
  146 282 428  
HANEFFE 45 72 117  
HERVE 146 231 377  
LIEGE 43 32 75  
QUEUE-DU-BOIS 18 8 26  
VISE 36 38 74  
  288 381 669  
SALM-CHATEAU 30 35 65  
  30 35 65  
TOTA(A)L                2018 4171 5320 9491  
2017 7447 9578 17025  
2016 6101 7322 13423  
2015 6229 8621 14850  
2014 5976 5731 11707  
2013 7350 6972 14322  
2012 6817 10251 17068  
2011 5124 6345 11469  
2010 6695 8323 15018  
2009 5676 7467 13143  


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