The Greatest Producing Hen of all Time?

The Greatest Producing Hen of all Time?

After several years of studying racing pigeon pedigrees, Ive noticed one characteristic that many great producers have in common: they all have great mothers as well as super racing sires!  So in my search for a super producing foundation cock, I decided to look for the best living hen in the world today, and try to purchase a son of such a good producing hen mated to a super racing cock.

After extensively researching, Ive never read of a better producing hen than the Hofkens hen that Mike Ganus calls Breeders Best. Breeders Best has produced 2 National Aces, Hollywood, and Monty Carlo,, along with E.T., the super 1st National winner and fastest of over 90,000 birds, and countless other winners of smaller races, which were never talked about much.  Now sons and daughters of Breeders Best are producing super racers and breeders for fanciers all over this country as well as in Holland, Germany and Belgium.  The nest sister to Breeders Best won a 1st National over 33,000+ birds, so this is a family thing.

One of Hollywoods daughters is producing super racers for Mike Ganus, a son, as well as a daughter of E.T. are producing many money winners for my friend Bob McCarty of Houston, and he has earned as much as $28,000 in one season.  Another son of  E.T. has produced well for William Tarver of Louisiana.  E.T. himself, has produced many money winners for William, including the 200-mile winner of Americas KingCup in 2000, and the Dash for Cash in Dallas.

Breeders Best is a product of 2 Hofkens bred by the master of the old Hofkens breeders, Maurice Verheyen.  Verheyens Hofkens has been nominated to more Olympiads than any other loft in Belgium.  To be nominated to an Olympiad, your bird has to have been the best at its distance and category for 2 years in a row.  That takes a special bird! The Kliene Merckx of 1980 was even nominated to the Olympiads twice! Now as a breeder, Verheyen is not new to breeding super breeders; his old line Hofkens have bred great birds for many, many years.   Old Merckx of 75, his fabulous Olympiad winner, is world renown for producing super breeders such as De Rocket,, the Kliene Merckx line, Young Merckx (sire of Breeders Best), and many super producing hens.  De Portugees (Olympiad), Old Violet Eyes, Kliene Merckx (Olympiad), De Princess (daughter of Old Merckx), Blauwe 3 Bander of 83, , Old Pol,  Top Man, De 500 (Olympiad), and De Coppie, all Verheyen breeders, and are all world renown for their super breeding capabilities.

Hollywood, the best racing son of Breeders Best, was named the 1st National Ace WHZB of all Holland 1997, Old Males!  Not only was he 1st Ace Pigeon of his club 4 years in a row (1994, 95, 96, 97), but he was a prize-winner 34 times in the top 5 places with 14 firsts!  What a racer!  As a breeder, Hollywood is one of the best ever.  Hollywood has produced more than 25 top foundation breeders for lofts in Germany, Belgium, and Holland.  More than 100 of his grandchildren have won races!  They cross well with Janssen and other Hofkens blood.  His daughter, GFL 363-99 bred the 1st place IF Convention winner in 2000 winning more than US$10,000.  Wally Tienprasid of Westerville, OH has bred several winners off his direct son of Hollywood, and says, Hollywood is the best!

In March 2001, Jimmy Smith and I took a trip to the Michigan/Indiana area to visit with Mike Ganus, Harold Lamons, and Leon Patton.  I wanted to visit Mike Ganuss famous loft to see Breeders Best, Hollywood, and to find a son of Breeders Best which I could purchase before she was done laying.  Mike suggested a young son he had just weaned, and had named The Golden Nugget.  Holding him is like holding a nugget of gold in your hands, I have no better, says Mike.   Hollywood sired Nugget, when he was mated back to this great hen, his mother.  This mating has produced some super hens for Mike, but he knew of only one other full brother.    We were able to handle Breeders Best, Hollywood, and many of Mikes National Aces.  Breeders Best was one of the best handling hens I have ever had my hands on, what a body!  I was able to look at her eye also, and her eye is even better than the pictures Ive seen.

Jimmy and I were both totally amazed at the quality of birds Mike Ganus had in his loft, and the care of these birds were nothing but the best.  Never have I ever seen a loft that was so organized, clean, and nothing but the well being of the birds in mind!  Every single bird was in perfect health.  Our host, Mike Ganus, had put aside a few hours to spend with us and show us his operation, and what a host he was.  Mike answered all of our questions, showed us, and let us handle any bird we wanted to see.  Mike even told us stories of how he was able to buy some of the birds, and about his travels in Europe.  It was a very information and enjoyable afternoon; I was like a kid in a candy store for the first time.

Jimmy and I also visited several other lofts in the Michigan/Indiana area.  We visited Leon Pattons loft and Harold Lamons loft my friends and some super racers up in the Michiana Combine.  Harold has some of the nicest birds from Mikes Ganus Family Loft Ive ever seen and handled, he is also a top breeder of 969 and Ganus Grizzles.  This was too much, we saw and handled so many top birds, and all I wanted to do was go home and cull most of my birds!  I just had to have more of these birds for myself, so I brought home The Golden Nugget, GFL 311, a winner Mike has raced, a daughter of Harolds best 969 pair, and several other birds to breed more of these for myself!  All in all this was a very memorable trip, and we still talk about it often.  We call it, The Cajun Connection!

I brought Nugget home with me, and have been putting him on some of the fine Hofkens hens I have from the Verheyen and the Leo Broeckx line.  I pride in having one of the most complete families of the smaller Verheyen Hofkens hens in America.  A list of a few of the Hofkens hens I have are; several daughters of Kliene Rocket (a super son of De Rocket), a granddaughter of De Coppie/ Old Violet Eyes, a granddaughter of Top Man, and a daughter of Mr. Bourges.  I am also breeding Nugget to several Janssen hens to make sure I dont disturb that wonderful Janssen/Hofkens cross that has turned the world of racing pigeons upside down in breeding statistics.  The Janssen hens are; a top producing daughter of Trail Blazer (1st x 12,000+ birds) x Quick Star (National Ace of Belgium), a double granddaughter of 969 from Harold Lamons fabulous Pair One, and a super producing daughter of Champion Home Alone, Alex Cornellas American Ace Pigeon.

My knowledge of super producing hens led me to believe Breeders Best is, and will be known for some time as The Greatest Producing Hen Ever!  If anyone can challenge that statement, with statistics, of a hen that has produced better, or more National Ace Birds than Breeders Best, please let me know, I dont think there is.

By Gerald Hebart

Published in the RACING PIGEON DIGEST  Jan 15 ’02 Vol 11 No 19 pg 44

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