Dilbeek: Due to his very strong pigeon racing the name Daniël Bucaciuc was one we had noticed before. Especially the last 5 years this Brabant colony has been working on a strong march. This is how Daniel was already crowned in 2010 the 10th National champion LD KBDB and in 2015 his colony was placed totally in the spotlight by winning the 2nd National Agen against 3,524b. Another year later – 2016 – a direct Bucaciuc pigeon won the title of 1st National Ace bird Short Distance KBDB and 2nd Olympiad Bird Brussels 2017 at Michel van Muylder from Beersel. His “Daniël” (B15-2016078) was bought as a voucher in Dilbeek. When Michel went over to trade his voucher for a youngster, Michel could pick out 2. When these were in his basket Daniël showed a 3rd one. ‘If I were you…I would take that one over there as well’ was what Daniël advised and this is how this third gift became the national ace bird short distance year birds KBDB and Olympiad bird in Brussels ! This amazing one won 11 prizes out of 11 with amongst other 5 x 1st price Noyon.


Daniël is original from Romania and never had a single pigeon in his hand in his birth country. No, the pigeon germ stroke a first time in 2004. Daniel bought a couple of pigeons on a market and gave them shelter in a hangar from his employer. He bred youngsters out of this couple and one of these youngsters won directly a first price on Noyon. His first real loft was placed in Molenbeek. He had a vegetable garden where the lettuce, peas and beans had to make place for a pigeon loft. But this was without the knowledge of the  municipality of Molenbeek. ‘This vegetable garden is a green zone sir…so you can’t have a pigeon loft here’ and Daniel had to take down his loft again. In the meantime there were already plans for a new home and ditto pigeon lofts and this on a nice piece of land in Dilbeek. And during this in between period Daniel raced from the old lofts from late Philippe Maton.


Daniël became friends with Erik Limbourg in 2007 and was this impressed with his pigeons that several Limbourg pigeons moved to Dilbeek. This strong base was successfully strengthened with original pigeons from Marcel Aelbrecht (strain “Michael” and “De Marseille”) and also a direct hen from Maurice Haesendonckx (Bouwel – strain “Witte Diamant” x “Dochter Kleine As”) placed her stamp on the Bucaciuc colony. She became mother of a.o. 1st National Ace bird short distance KBDB at Michel Van Muylder and grandmother of the 1st National ace bird “Mr. Fantastic”. Also a hen from De Smeijter-Restiaen (out of  “Boule De Berlin”) bred fantastic. The former year there were several co-breedings with known long distance champions but out of these the results still have to be evaluated.


Let us talk about the national ace bird “Mr. Fantastic”. “Mr. Fantastic” (B15-2016002) is without a doubt the best long distance pigeons from Belgium according the criteria of the KBDB. Before “Mr. Fantastic” moved to the far East we had the possibility to see this super crack and we have to be honest…we won’t forget this pigeon very easily as his first impression was really impressive. Average built, vent bones perfectly closed, super muscles and a strong carcass surrounded by a thick pack of feathers. They are born seldomly like this !



“Mr. Fantastic” won national ace bird title with underneath results:

               2             Nat (z) Brive                      2,439b.               664 km
               3             Nat (z) Limoges I               4,158b.                632km
               9             National Limoges II            9,162b.                632km



Daniël is a widow cock racer pur sang…the hens game isn’t immediately his thing. He starts of yearly with a team of 62 widow cocks. At the beginning of March they are being coupled and after 10 days breeding the widowhood turns into a fact.
In about 7 steps they go direction Quièvrain (60km) and once this race came by, the training baskets are being placed on the attic. The widow cocks train twice a day at the start of the season (45 min. in the morning and 30 min. in the evening). Daniel watches them closely during training as their attitude during training tells a lot about their condition. 
During the week the widow cocks are placed half box and at basketing the entire box is being opened. The hen isn’t being shown but a nest dish is being placed. Very exceptional he will extra motivate one or more cocks at the end of the season.
The year bird cocks mostly race 3 x a short distance race, 2 x a middle distance race and 2 x a greater middle distance race. The year birds that do well on the GMD mostly stay at this distance as an old bird but all the others go further onto the known races like Brive, Limoges, Agen, Narbonne and Souillac.


In a matter of feeding he gives two basic mixtures. The first basic mixture is a mix of Super Diet + Gerry Plus + Sports mixture. The second basic mixture is a ‘nurture-mixture’ and exists out of sport mixtures from Versele-Laga, Mariman and Beyers.
On Saturday at home coming they get a sports mixture. As from Sunday on until the first Monday of the next week the first basic mixture is being given. Afterwards 50% basic mixture 1 and 50% basic mixture 2 is given to change the last days onto 100% basic mixture 2

Medically the pigeons are being vaccinated before the start of the season twice against paramyxo and get a 10 day cure against paratyphoid. Daniel doesn’t vaccinate yearly against paratyphoid but he makes sure that every racing pigeon is being vaccinated once in their career. At home coming from a race where they had more than one night basket they get on Saturday a cure against trichomoniases. In 2017 he cured before Vierzon (3rd weekend of May) 6 to 7 days for the airways. Beside this Daniel will consult a vet when the results get worse and he will only treat on his advice. But experience taught him that rest is the best cure for a long distance racer.
After a difficult race they will get vitamins in the drinking pot and when it was a normal race they get 2 days homemade tea to drink. With a good loft it is important where the air (no draft) and a low humidity grade is important. The aeration is being provided by air roasters in front of the loft. Every loft has a hallway. The sealing of the loft itself is closed but the sealing of the hallway exist out of rails that are open about 40cm. This is how the incoming air can leave the loft perfectly and take care of new air.


By the widowers



The widow cocks team is being looked at thoroughly every year again…during the season they get enough opportunities to show themselves on races from 450km until Barcelona, but at the end of the season the bill will be made and all those who can’t win 80% price has to fear his spot within the racing team. This is how only 14 cocks at the end of season 2017 out of the 62… Daniel likes pigeons that aren’t too big. A soft plumage is a must and strong vent bones have his preference. He also likes his pigeons to have long muscles…’pigeons with long muscles recuperate faster’ tells our national long distance champion.


For his own use he breeds 2 rounds of youngsters or about 130 pieces. Opposite many other fanciers the youngsters aren’t being darkened. As we ask why he doesn’t darken the youngsters he answers: ‘since I stopped doing that I suffer almost no more from the feared adeno virus. I’m not a scientist and I’m not going to claim that one thing has to do with the other but I can only determine that I now hardly suffer any adeno attacks.’ Non-darkened youngsters have to be taught early and in the month of April they already go for the first time in the basket. In about 8 steps they go onto Quièvrain (60km). The youngsters train once a day. Before Daniel heads of for work they go out and come in by themselves. As from June the sexes are being separated and will they be raced on sliding doors. You can feel that the youngsters game isn’t that important ‘Getting experience is the most important thing for a young pigeon’ and that’s why they have to do at least one, preferably two national races. Mostly this will be Bourges and Chateauroux. But also the selection of the youngsters is extremely hard. From the 130 young pigeons about 40 can stay. Next to their results, their body and pedigree is a selection norm.


Breeding loft


The hens of the widowers in a small aviary 


By the young birds



Stefan Mertens