Caring for Pigeons and Doves
A homing pigeon lives, and loves, to...
"If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man."
(Author: Ted Perry, television scriptwriter - 1971)
White Dove Release Professionals are a varied group of people who have one basic thing in common; The love of these amazing birds. From converted sheds to custom designed palaces, a successful loft is free of disease, vermin, and full of healthy happy birds. There are probably as many ways of building and running a loft, and a release business, as there are people who do it. As with so many things in life, much depends on trial and error. What works for one loft may not for another.
Our doves are bred from generations of birds that were easily able to return home from hundreds of miles away and over unfamiliar territory. White Dove Releases rarely go further than fifty to seventy miles from their loft, and for the most part over familiar territory. White homing pigeons often enjoy a meticulous training regimen which enables the young cadets to be ready when needed.
Our members follow a strict set of rules and policies for releases; i.e. the birds are not to be released in stormy weather, extreme heat, indoors or too close to sunset, etc. The safety of the birds come first, no exceptions!
The birds are housed in lofts that promote optimum safety, and health. We never keep more doves than our lofts can comfortably accommodate. We are ever vigilant for the slightest sign of any health problems and we keep propermedications on hand for when they are needed.
The birds are given ample play time and are allowed to fly around their surrounding area (loft flying) after which they are called in and fed healthy well balanced meals that often include supplements to boost their immunity and keep them fit.
The birds take regular baths that often contain special salts that will cleanse, condition and remove external parasites from the birds feathers. They are allowed to rear some young every year so they can enjoy a natural and full life. Every pair chooses it's own nest, every young bird has it's own perch. The birds have their own special little piece of territory which makes them love home completely and gives each bird a sense of security, peace, and contentment.
How to Hold a Dove is shown here in a short video: