Frequently Asked Questions
About the Doves we release.
About us and some history
This is a family owned & operated, registered DBA Business with the State of Missouri. We are St. Louis’s longest serving Dove Release service since May 1998. We have the experience others want to claim.
Where do the doves go once they are released?
To their custom built (10' x 24') home here in St. Peters, Mo. Our doves are White Racing Homers (Homing Pigeons). They are born with a natural instinct and combined with extensive training, they are able to make it safely home.
What is the difference between Pigeons and Doves?
All doves and pigeons descended from the Rock Dove. Through mans selected breeding over many years has the homing pigeon come to be known. Scientifically doves and pigeons are the same (Columbia liva). Dogs are another animal man has selectively bred and now there are many lines (breeds) of dogs but they are all still called a dog.
What do you mean they are trained to fly home... I thought they had the "instinct"?
They must be trained to develop that instinct! Just like an athlete, their ability and endurance must be developed. Once trained, they can fly great distances, although we like to stay within 50 miles to ensure they make it home safely.
Be aware to never use small ring-necked doves such as those purchased at pet stores. They have neither the instinct, strength nor ability to survive on their own and will perish within days.
Will the doves "mess" on my guests as they fly overhead?
As live animals, that can't be guaranteed but we have a feeding system to help ensure that doesn't happen.
What time of the day is best for a release?
Any time up to 1 hour before sunset for most locations. If there is an event delay and our cut-off time approaches, you are in risk of loosing (forfeiting) the fee, as we will not jeopardize the welfare of our doves. Doves can be released all year round.