FAQs

Q:  What do white doves signify?
A:  Since the beginning of time white doves have signified love, purity, holiness, fidelity, spirit, and new beginnings.

Q:  How long have people been doing dove releases?
A:  The first written account of a dove release is that described in the story of Noah's Ark.  That story was recorded by Moses about 1500 B.C.  There have been many accounts of dove releases, by all cultures around the world, since that time.

Q:  What does a dove release look like?
A:  Our doves will arrive at your event in a special dove carrying case that will keep your birds both protected and clean.  This case will be set up with a floral display on a table with a white linen table cloth.  At the appropriate moment during the ceremony the drop door on the case is opened releasing the birds.  The birds will circle your ceremony site before heading home to their loft.

Q:  Do the doves get hurt in any way during the release process?
A:  Absolutely not.  Our doves love to fly, will happily perform for you, and will simply fly home to their farm at the conclusion of the release.  The birds that we breed are pedigreed flyers that have the ability to "home" up to 600 miles.  They are beautiful strong flyers that usually beat us home from events!  Neither Ring Neck Doves nor Mourning Doves should ever be used in releases as they are unable to find their way home and will die within a day or two of a release.  We breed a special form of homing pigeon which is descended from the Rock Dove.  Still in the dove family this beautiful bird has all the good looks of it's dove ancestors with the advanced homing ability of a racing pigeon.  Very beautiful and very cool!

Q:  May we feed the doves?
A:  No.  Our doves are part of our family.  They are very well cared for and follow a special diet to keep them fit and healthy.  They are carefully trained athletes whose diet is designed to give them the energy and stamina they need for long flights without making them fat and sluggish.

Q:  What kind of ceremonies are doves appropriately used for?
A:  Weddings, Proposals of Marriage, Anniversaries, Garden and Estate ceremonies, Theme Events such as Renaissance and Medieval Fesivals, Christenings, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, Memeorial Services, Funerals, Opening Ceremonies for sporting events, Parades, Easter Services, Christmas Services, and Grand Openings/Unveilings.

Q:  How much does a dove release cost?
A:  That depends on set-up, type of release, where your event is taking place, etc.  Email us and we will happily get a quote off to you.

Q:  Who releases the doves?
A:  Either you can release them or, if you prefer, we will release them for you.  Regardless, we will be on site to be sure everything runs smoothly.

Q:  Does weather affect a dove release?
A:  Yes.  Both weather and light conditions affect the doves.  Doves do not mind hot or cold weather but they can not fly well in rain, snow, or dark.  Releasing birds in poor weather conditions or too close to dark results in high fatality numbers.  Our birds are family members that we really care about.  As a result, all releases must take place at a time that allows the birds to return home before dark and in safe (dry) conditions.  The time of last release is based on distance the event site is from our loft and the time of year.

Q:  Do I get my money back if a release has to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions?
A:  Yes.

Q:  How far can the doves fly to return home safely from a release?
A:  Our doves are carefully bred, pedigree birds, that can fly up to 600 miles to safely return home to their loft.



If your question wasn't answered above please feel free email us at anytime.  Our email address is:  freddyshouse@optonline.net

 
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