BROTHERS of BASILDON
BICC FALAISE 2013.
race of the BICC old bird programme took place from Falaise in early
following the cancellation of the proposed first race from Carentan due
coldest spring for 50 years in the British Isles.
eventual winners of this 200 mile race was a two year old hen racing to
the Basildon loft of the Mahoney
Brothers, Pat and Tony.
the brothers had raced pigeons for many years into the Dagenham area of
London, the BICC Falaise winner was clocked to their Basildon loft
their recent move from the East End
2011. Pat and Tony's father began his association with pigeons in 1962
brothers, along with their older brother Jim who raced separately,
great success racing into Dagenham winning scores of club and Fed
1st Amalgamation and 1st Open London North Road Combine.
range of lofts constructed at their new location are an impressive set
consist of their Dad's old widowhood loft which measures 14 ft x 6ft
houses 20 widowhood cocks. The second loft measures 28 ft x 8ft and has
sections, two housing roundabout cocks and the other the roundabout
young bird loft measures 24ft x 6ft and is divided internally into two
sections. The stock loft houses 16 pairs
of stock birds and all four lofts are set around an immaculately
lofts are cleaned daily whilst the stock birds are kept on a deep
birds both racers and stock birds were mated at the same time - 14th
As a result the racers were still paired up at the time of the
club race as the partners set their stall out to concentrate on
Classic racing this season. On return from the first club race all the
cocks are mated to the racing hens and the widowhood cocks to stock
are flying out. In addition there is a team of 16 pairs raced on the
system. Pre season training was extensive this year, so the birds were
obviously in A1 condition at the start of the campaign.
commences, the cocks are allowed exercise twice daily for one hour when
are allowed to do as they please. The hens on the other hand only go
exercise once per day. The widowers are rarely trained once racing
the roundabout team often get a 50 mile training toss mid week
racing is not now taken too seriously and the babies are raced
naturally so all
training and racing stops when they are heavy in the moult. In fact in
seasons that the brothers have been at their new address the youngsters
only had a couple of races but have of course been trained extensively.
Tony make up their own mixes by combining four different types of GEM
Once the youngsters are ranging they are fed the same mixture as the
racers. All racers are fed to appetite both morning and night with the
birds fed individually in pots in their nest boxes. In addition the
Natravit in the water on Thursdays with Gervit added to the drinking
water on a
Friday, plus of course grit and minerals when needed. All other
that the birds might need should be incorporated in the good quality
that the brothers now race have been
developed over nearly 30 years of racing and testing and mating "best
best" irrespective of what strain name they carry. They are based to a
large extent on pigeons obtained from the world famous Planet Brothers
early 1980's. These were a combination of Leen Boers, Janssens and Van
In the mid 1980's some Janssen Van Den Bosch were obtained from
Albert Babington followed by the introduction in the 1990's of Ron
Busschaerts and Frank Sheader Soontjens.
These crossed well with the Planet pigeons to breed birds to win
turn at club, Fed, Amalgamation and Combine level.
since moving out to Basildon Tony and Pat have recently introduced long
distance stock with an eye to competing at the distance on the south
These have yet to be tested in the short time that the brothers have
settled in Basildon. The brothers
have no fads
regarding type, eyesign etc as they have found from experience that all
and sizes win races on their day if conditions are right for them - or
put it all winners are the ideal type!
When racing in partnership with their father in
Dagenham, Tony and Pat won 1st Open LNRC Berwick with 5,000 birds
1st South West Essex Amalgamation with 7,000 birds competing. Following
father's death Pat and Tony won 1st Amalgamation against a field of
4,000 pigeons when racing to another address in Dagenham.
Brothers cock when raced on widowhood won 9 x 1sts; 5 x 2nds plus 5
Fed and four times 2nd Fed. The Amalgamation winner mentioned above
also won 5x
1sts and also bred pigeons to top the Fed.
Planet Brothers pigeon won 7 x 1sts club plus 4 x 1st Fed as well as
& 23rd Amalgamation with more than 5,000 pigeons competing in each
onto the 2013 BICC Falaise winner which is a two year old hen and was
her third trip accross the channel when she won 1st Open, having been
19th Open EECC on her first trip accross
in 2012. She is bred from a cock obtained from Pat and Tony’s
brother Jim and
contains all the best of the Planet Brothers Janssens and Leen Boers
with a touch of Van den Bosch via Albert Babington. Pat and Tony have a
respect for their brother Jim as they rate him amongst the very best
The BICC Falaise win was the latest in a long
line of successes for Tony and Pat and I wish them well in their quest
distance success on the south road. Congratulations.
Mahoney Bros Handling
Mahoney Bros Lofts
Mahoney Brothers 1st BICC Falaise Mobros First Lady