Hervé Bohn, How to make ace pigeons ?

Hervé Bohn is undoubtedly at the head of one of the most successful colonies in France. In middle distance races, his favourite discipline, he maintains a line of Ace pigeons with the 7th, 9th and 11th National Ace (300 to 500 km) in 2021 (not counting the Aces of the group), in 2022 he remains on same dynamic and shines in championships.

A pigeon fancier since 1986, Hervé has been performing in the speed and middle distance competitions of the Dunkerque group for many years.

To achieve this result the pigeon fancier has invested a lot, but according to him you need very few origins: “Pigeons, depending on their origins, are prepared differently; you have to feed them in a certain way. That’s why you shouldn’t mix too much origins.” When a new strain is introduced to the loft the crosses are only made from the second generation with the youngsters. For speed and middle-distance, Hervé isn’t a fan of inbreeding. “But once you have the ideal couple, you should not change anything and keep many brothers and sisters to ensure the future of the loft.”

1st ace pigeon middle distance 2021 at Dunkerque grouping with 9 prizes out of 9 races. The 3019534.17 is a pigeon bought directly from Maurice Mattheeuws. In 2021 there were only 3 pigeons that made 9/9 in middle distance, 534 is one of them.


In the breeding flock there are some little jewel like the Janssen from Hétru, father of all the National Aces, extra traveller and breeder. “There were 9 brothers and each time they were my first 9 entries.”

The father of the National Aces

One of the basic breeders of the colony whose brother will be presented at Hervé Pigeon-Master auction (September). He was always in the first 10 ace pigeons, something extremely rare in Ghyvelde, he was only played three years “his place is in breeding“.

Preparation is very important in Ghyvelde

You see they did a 350 km yesterday in a north-easterly wind and none of them are tired, they are ready to go again. They are real flying machines! “. A good preparation for competitions ensures a quick recovery. “Also, you can see it during the flights, I never force a pigeon to fly, if it’s not in good physical condition there is no point in forcing it, you will do worse than better.”

We are in the middle of July at the time of the report and the pigeons have only moulted one feather “they will only get fitter now“, Hervé always scores a lot of points at the end of the season because he knows how to get the shape up gradually and keep his pigeons in place “question of mating origin and feeding” but we will not know more.

When the numbers speak 

Some nice results

10/07/2022 Boves (speed contest) young pigeons : 3st, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 1, 19, 20, 21 …26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32… 38 prizes out of 61 entered

31/07/2022 Pont-St-Maxence : 1st, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 …. 40 prizes out of 51 entries or 78 % of success (319 pigeons)

The same weekend in the category young pigeons: 1st, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28 … 36 out of 60 entered

07/08/2022 Fontenay sur Eure (303km) : 1st, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 11, 12, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 29… 72 % of the prizes in oldtimer with 36/50 entries on a contingent of 463 pigeons

In yearling, 1st, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 19, 21, 24, 25, 27…. 76% of succes


Young bird loft


1st Old Pigeon Ace 2022: 320216.19 then 12th 13 14th Pigeon Ace
1st in the championship with the most old prizes with 204 prizes
1st in most yearling prizes with 89 prizes
1st ace pigeon young speed with 297472
2nd at the Dunkrik championships to the 5th 1st registered old
4th 8e Ace yearling pigeon DF
2nd most youth prizes with 126 prizes


1st in most prizes with 315 prizes in old
1st ace pigeon 2021 with 3019534.17
1st to the 1st yearling entry
1st to the first 5 yearling entries
1st to most yearling prizes with 116 prizes
1st to the first youngster entered
1st to the most youth prizes with 177 prizes
the first 8 aces pigeons young bird category
3rd to the first 5 old pigeons in the Dunkrik sub-group


Notice to the amateurs, the Pigeon-Master auction of Hervé is scheduled for September 2022.



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