Many people ask, "What happens to the birds after they're released?" A miracle of nature enables them to find their way home from great distances. Keen senses of hearing, smell, and sight, and the ability to read magnetic fields are thought to be some of the tools they use to complete their successful journey home.
The birds are in no way harmed -- in fact, they are capable of flying much further than we are willing to send them (some exceptional birds have been known to return home from over 600 miles). Since their health, happiness and safety are our foremost concerns, their flights are limited to around 30 miles (besides, we worry.) A release is always scheduled early enough to allow them to get home, fed, and safely on their perches before sunset.
While "dove" is the term we use symbolically, our flocks are actually pure white homing pigeons. What is the difference between pigeons and doves? None. Pigeons are doves. Doves are pigeons. The white racing homers we see today, used in dove releases, are descended from the rock dove. These beautiful athletes in the sky have come about through man's intervention using selective breeding over many thousands of years. Our homing pigeons are selectively bred and are not the same as the pigeons you might see in the city parks.
Will the birds leave droppings on my guests as they fly overhead? No. They are not fed until after your event so they won't embarrass themselves or your guests.
Homing pigeons are fascinating creatures. Both the hens and cocks share equal responsibility for brooding the eggs (two per clutch) and raising their babies. The male pigeon is the only animal of its gender capable of manufacturing food in his body for his young.It is a high-fat, high-protein substance called pigeon milk and, fed several times a day, produces an adult-sized youngster at three weeks (that's why you never see a baby pigeon!) Their incredible homing instinct is a wonderful topic for study, and White Dove Release has even made "show & tell" presentations at elementary schools. Raising pigeons is a wonderful hobby and will keep kids fascinated and well occupied during potentially difficult ages.
Are birds clean? Do they carry diseases? Our domestically raised birds pose no threat to humans or animals. They are vaccinated and wormed for diseases on a regular schedule. Birds love to bathe and keep themselves clean. On the day of your special event, before the birds are loaded up, they will have taken their daily baths.