made a deal for an ambitious American named Mike Ganus
to try and acquire a pigeon out of the star breeder from Gaby, the so called 'De Kleinen'.
We will stay for the moment with the pigeons that were born in the time of the 'Wittenbuik', because Ad Schaerlaeckens with Mike Ganus had indeed succeeded in buying a child directly out of the 'De Kleinen'.
When Ad and Mike
arrived home with the two pigeons, they looked them over once more.
But when you have mainly speed and middle-distance champions in your loft, and you want to acquire pigeons that can fly long distances, these birds often disappoint in the hand.
They don't have heads like angry looking fighting cocks, no strong backs on which you can bend a nail, and no mighty wings.
Instead they are small, muscular, silken-soft birds with heads that display an extremely bright personality.
Those are the pigeons that are able to endure the one-day long-distance races when the going gets really tough, and those are the ones that will not drop out of the sky after 400 kilometer because they have run out of steam.
The bottom line was that in the end the men didn't like the look of the 'Sissy' at all.
asked straight away if he
could not change his
mind about both pigeons.
Ad gave him his
money back and would see what he
himself could do with the little hen or if someone else would like to have her
was prepared to give the 'Zoon Kleinen' a (small) chance in the breeding loft.
To be certain, Ad first showed the pigeons to other champions in the pigeon sport whom he
was friendly with.
We won't name any names, but some of these men were real 'specialists'.
And all of these specialists with the exception of one, at the time still young, fancier, agreed unanimously.
The 'Zoon Kleinen' was given the benefit of the doubt, but the 'Sissy' would not help advance Ad Schaerlaeckens, in fact, he
would do better to dispose of her
This was the confirmation of Ad's own belief and he
decided to sell the hen and placed her
in the aviary for the time being.
By the way, that young fancier that found the 'Sissy' a super hen was Kees Bosua...
achievements, Ad Schaerlaeckens
was quite well known in the pigeon sport world and he
regularly negotiated for overseas buyers who wanted to buy pigeons in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Because of his
job as a teacher of English and Dutch, Ad
was fluent in foreign languages and that of course was an advantage in bringing together people who were looking for pigeons and those who wanted to sell them.
The 'Zoon Kleinen' went directly into the breeding loft and one of the first young that he
produced went to Cor Leijtens from Middelbeers.