White Dove Releases for all Occasions
Frequently Asked Questions About Dove Releases
What happens to the birds after they are released?
They usually fly up to about 150 feet, circle 2 or 3 times to get their bearings, create a formation (if it is a flock release) and then fly back to their home, where their family and friends await!
How do they know how to get home?
The doves are naturally homing birds, and are trained to capitalize on those instincts. The doves were born at the loft to which they return and have been educated by their parents and handlers and will eventually breed their own young there also. The actual mechanism of their homing abilities is not completely understood, but they are thought to use the earth's magnetic field, the position of the sun and extremely good eyesight to get home!
Can we release them inside?
NO, the birds must be released outside and in a position from which their flight is not impeded. They cannot be released under trees, power lines, eaves or verandas/gazebos etc.
Can we hold the birds?
We treasure our doves and we would discourage anyone who is unsure about handling them from doing so. We handle our doves every day and know how to hold the dove without hurting the bird. For this reason we have the policy of no hand holding bird(s) only basket releases for safety of animals. This policy is done to provide for the safety of the doves and also to prevent that rare, though accidental mess that may occur when holding a dove. This also may make it possible for the photographer to get that perfect photograph for the occasion. It is far better for your photographer/videographer to achieve a happy, relaxed shot of the doves as they are released from the cage or baskets.
What if the weather is bad?
The safety of our beautiful Doves is of paramount importance to us and our prime consideration. If it is extremely wet/foggy/snowing/threatening weather or storms and/or very strong winds, the release will be cancelled and a full refund given. The decision will be made on the day by the handler and is final. Also, a release cannot take place less than 2 hours before sundown, so the birds have time to fly home. Generally no release is performed after 5 p.m.
Will they have "an accident" on me?
Most unlikely. The doves are fed in the evening, or on their return to the loft. When they are released from the baskets, they are ahead of you and you are out of harm's way. Though ultimately, please remember, they are God's living creatures and anything can happen (but it is however considered to be good luck)!
Why can’t we release them at night?
The doves will not fly at night. They will roost in a tree or rooftop somewhere and are at risk from predators. Therefore, they must be released preferably two hours before sunset, so they have time to return to their loft on the day.
Are they doves or pigeons?
The word ‘dove’ is a generic term for a white or grey bird of a particular body type. Our birds are thoroughbreds, bred from white racing pigeons, which in turn, are bred from a species called the Gibraltar Rock Dove.
It is thought that the dove which brought the twig back to Noah on the ark was in fact, a white homing pigeon, a Gibraltar Rock Dove, as it ‘homed’ to the ark
White Doves Above is based in Springtown, Texas and is now offering our services in Springtown, Azle and surrounding areas. Coming soon we will be offering our services in Decatur and Weatherford, Texas.
White Doves Above
Springtown, Tx 76082