Serving Eastern Nassau & areas in Suffolk County on Long Island
|Frequently Asked Questions
|Are they pigeons, or are they doves?
The birds are actually a type of pigeon and also
known as the "Rock Dove". So technically
speaking, the birds used in releases are doves.
However, there is a huge difference between the
birds used in releases and regular doves.
They can ONLY be released outdoors.
The ONLY type of birds that should be used for
dove releases are well trained white HOMING
Our birds are banded and have been bred for
generations for their ability to fly home from
releases. They are trained with great care to be
able to accomplish this feat with ease. Beware of
unethical businesses that use the smaller white
"Ring Neck" doves for release. They cannot find
their way home! Any bird other than a racing
pigeon will die when released into the wild.
My event is scheduled for after dark, is
that too late?
Anyone that tells you it's "okay" to release at night
should be viewed with caution! How late the birds
should be released depends on the distance of the
event and the home loft location. Well trained birds
should be given adequate time to return home
before darkness. The birds should NEVER be
released in the dark!
What about bad weather?
The birds should NEVER be released in heavy rain,
fog, snow or other severe weather! We will make
every effort to perform the dove release as long as
it is safe for the birds. We will have this stipulation
mentioned in our contract... We will return balances
if we must cancel the release due to severe
How far can they fly?
Well trained racing pigeon stock have a range of
anywhere between 100 to 600 miles, depending on
many variable factors such as weather, stock
quality and training... The key is well trained,
quality birds. While it will be hard for the layman to
know the difference, generally those operators who
also race their birds have these types of birds.
Releases within 50 miles are generally safe
provided good racing birds are used. Beware of
anyone offering to ship birds to you for self
-release! A true pigeon fancier would never allow
this. It puts our birds in a dangerous situation , and
we care too much about them to allow it.
Who will do the releasing?
The bride and groom most often release the birds,
but every event is supervised and coordinated in a
100% reliable manner by a professional handler,
appropriately dressed and on time for the occasion.
We will never ship or drop off birds for self-
release. Beware of vendors that insist it is ok
to do this and assure you the birds can
make a new home in your area. It is untrue.
A professional handler, properly dressed for
the occasion, is necessary to supervise the
release and ensure a safe, well-coordinated
event. Traffic, trees, buildings, weather and
guests are just a few things that need to be
taken into consideration by an experienced
handler before a release.
The only type of bird that should ever be
used in releases are well trained white
homing pigeons. Period. Our birds are
banded and trained to fly home from a safe
distance. We train them to know how to fly
home in our release area. If shipped out of
their home area they will not fly home. They
haven’t been trained. They will starve to
death or be dinner for predators. They do
not know how to survive in the wild.
Never release white ring neck doves. It is
certain death for them. They have no
homing ability and will probably land right
after being released. This is not the effect
you are looking on your very special
occasion and will only perish if released.
Phone- (631) 366-3122
Serving areas of Nassau and Suffolk Counties
on Long Island, New York
White dove releases for funerals, weddings, memorials and outdoor events.
White Doves for Funerals, Weddings, Events Long Island, NY