"I hope you love birds, too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
- Emily Dickinson
The snow white birds we use are Pletinckx Homing Pigeons or
White Racing Pigeons, which are descendants of the Rock Dove.
These winged athletes have excellent homing abilities and are
trained for our release services from an early age. They usually
circle the release area several times to collect their bearings
before making a b-line to the loft where they were born and
Umpqua Valley White Dove Release does NOT use true doves
in our releases. Doves, which are usually smaller than pigeons,
do not have the navigational skills of a homing pigeon. When a
dove is purchased from a pet shop and released, it will more than
likely perish in the wild. The release of white ringneck doves is
just signing their death sentence. Umpqua Valley White Dove
Release will not release doves. We will only use beautiful trained
homing Pletinckx pigeons (Pletinckx is pronounced "playtinks").
With special training these birds are capable of flying at great
speeds of up to 65 mph and distances of more than 500 miles.
Our birds are well cared for and loved. Their health is
continuously monitored. They are wormed and checked for lice
and treated as needed. They are given a diet of especially
formulated food for their stage of life ( i.e., breeders, release
birds, young or retired). Clean fresh drinking water is always
available as well as a pigeon bathtub. Pigeons love to take baths
at all times of the year.
While your satisfaction is our goal, we will never jeopardize
the welfare of our birds. Again, only white homing pigeons will be
released at your special occasion, although various other birds
may be used for display purposes only. Our release will be made
out of doors during daylight hours. Pigeons can't see in the dark,
so they stop and roost until it gets light. This makes them
vulnerable to predators. We will never release our birds in unsafe
conditions, such as in poor weather, inside buildings or near
hazards like power lines. For the birds safety and well being, we
limit our release area to a 50 mile radius from our loft.