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About our Doves

Doves have been domesticated for many centuries. Their ability to return home from long distances has long baffled ALL scientists. No one quite

knows how they find their way home but they think it's possibly linked to the Sun's position and the Earth's magnetic fields at any given time,

although memory may also play a role.

Our Release Doves are all Columba Livia -- the same kind of bird that served as homing pigeons and racing pigeons and commonly known as Rock

Doves. Our display doves or "Love Doves" are pure white and the doves of the Bible.

Doves hold a special place in the hearts of mankind, and their image harkens back to biblical times when Noah released a dove to help him find land.

What better tribute than to include them in your celebration! Doves mate for life with a lasting bond. They are loyal, gentle and devoted to each

other. Two babies are usually produced and the parents feed them "crop milk". Our doves live in a Loft that is specially constructed for their comfort.

They are allowed to fly free several times a week and enjoy being released at events where they will fly straight home to their comfy loft.

What will the birds do?

No one can guarantee exactly what the birds will do. But through experience, a person can give a close prediction most of the time. The one thing

you can count on is that the birds will come from the baskets in a rush of white and take to the air in front of everyone. How long they will stay in

view is hard to say. It all depends on the lay out of the release area. With a lot of open sky they can be viewed for some minutes. In limited areas they

may only be visible for as long as it takes them to go beyond your view.

The birds are excellent navigators, and will be able to maneuver their way around the area without any risk to by standers. Rest assured, they will not

poop while flying. You can expect them to leave the ceremony with grace and beauty. If hand releasing the doves is selected, we will explain how to

hold the dove. When holding the dove, please hold it away from you so that if the bird does its business, it will not do it on you. This is rare but is

always a possibility that you should be aware of.

Frequently asked Questions

Where and when can doves be released?

Releasing doves outdoors is a year round venture. They do need to be released in good weather. We will not release in the wind, rain, sleet, or with

temperatures below 20 degrees. Doves also need to be released 3 hours before sunset. This allows them to race home, get cleaned up, and get

themselves a bite to eat before it is dark. You would not want to go to bed dirty or hungry would you?

What happens to the doves after the release?

Doves circle around a couple of times, climbing, higher and higher into the air, flocking up as they go. After a couple of circles, they gain their

bearings and head home. These birds fly 60 mph, certainly beating the release coordinator back to the loft. These birds are racing birds, often flying

more than 300 miles.

Will the doves have an accident on my guests?

These birds are athletes and are fed strict diets at strict times. Our feed times are set so that they correspond with the release business and racing

schedules. Trust me we’ll save the embarrassment for the cake eating.

Are the birds clean?

On a rainy day, you can stand outside and watch the birds in the loft. They stand in the rain, fluffing, grooming each other, and stretching their wings.

Basically good avian hygiene, therefore they love the rain. Water is provided to the birds for bathing in. Doves bathe everyday. Release coordinators

clean birds before each event. These birds get the very best care and pose no threat to humans or animals.

What about bad weather?

Our birds will never be released during or before bad weather. This includes high winds, rain, sleet, snow, electrical storms, or below 20 degrees. All

deposits will be returned for acts of god cancellations.

How far can they fly?

These are well-trained athletes at the top of their breed. They have been known to fly 600 miles. Our release policy limits us to about 65 miles; we do

have a select few that have been trained for the longer distance. All birds need training for proper releases. Beware of anyone wishing to ship you

birds for self-release. The chance of the bird’s survival is slim.

How do they know where home is?

We all wish we knew. Many theories abound. The famed sixth sense. The birds use an unknown sense to hone in on their home. Some say they use

polarity of the earth and the position of the sun. Others say that it is their ability to recognize landmarks and ranges. Training and breeding are the

two most important human related factors. Our theory is because they want to. These birds are so happy in there loft. Freedom, comfort, safety. This

is their life. Think about it, you go to work, work all day, all you want to do is come home to that lounge chair.

When in the occasion are the birds released?

That is entirely up to you! We will make recommendations and work with your photographer and you to provide another breathtaking moment

Are there alternatives to a professional dove release service?

OUR ADVICE: USE A PROFESSIONAL DOVE RELEASE SERVICES Some people think they would like to save a few dollars. Maybe I could

buy these birds at a pet store and release them myself? Another thought maybe they will ship them to me for my self release? Pet shop birds are

typically Ringneck Doves or Diamond Doves. Once released into the wild, they do not know how to defend themselves, or to forage for food. They

surely will perish. They are poor flyers (due to lack of exercise and cage life). They have no homing ability and some can’t even fly in a straight line.

We raise a breed of racing pigeon referred to as a Belgium White Racer. These birds are true athletes; they average about 45 miles per hour, up to

about 60 mph. Racers can train from distances of over 100 miles. They exercise daily weather permitting. They eat special diets are vaccinated and

live a rigid training schedule. Once released their only wish is to get home quicly.

So you don’t follow our advice and self-release birds. What is the worst that could happen? 

Most likely they won’t fly. Maybe just a couple of feet landing in Aunt Betty’s lap as she throws the bird half scared to death, back into the air. It

then flies just a few more yards and lands on your wedding cake. Now covered in icing, fearfully the bird flies toward Uncle Louie, weighted from

all the frosting, the bird has no lift. OHHH NOOOO!!!!!!!!! All you wanted was a memorable event.

Our doves can train from distances of over 100 miles. Our area of service is designed, so that our birds will be home after a short 1-hour non-stop

flight. These birds don’t even come home tired. Training is done from many different areas, within and beyond our service area. On your special day,

why would you want to be concerned for any more details then you already are now? Leave the birds to us. Buy a little piece of mind for yourself

and the birds. After your event, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE to leave a message on our guest book so others may see your reaction to our

performance and what meaning the Doves represented at your event.

How much do your services cost, and do you cover my area?

For answers to those questions, please contact us through our web portal located on the “Contact Us” page: 

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