About The Business
A Little Bit About The Business/Why The Prices Seem So High
You should know that when you see the prices for a White Dove Release Service and your say, "Boy, that is expensive.", that there is a reason for the cost. All you and your guess will see is a person or a couple of people show up in nice clothes with a basket or wooden crate or nice cage full of a few beautiful white birds. You or they turn them loose and it is over....well, for you it is over. But first of all it began long before you called for the service. These folks planned for this business they run and have a lot into it. More heart and love for the birds then all the money they have spent.
White Pigeons and even White Homing Pigeons are not all the same. Homing Pigeons have this chip (actually part of the brain, nothing man installed) that leads them not just to their home area, but right to their own lofts (pigeon barns) or cages. But they must be hatched there. A person can not decide one day to "hang a shingle" or take out an add, buy some birds and start a White Dove Release Business.
First you must invest the time to learn about the care and keeping of the Pigeons. You must then invest your money into cages/loft/equipment for the birds. You need to know what to feed a working bird. As I say on my Pigeon page of this same website, you can feed a pigeon inferior feed, it will survive and probably multiply, but it will not thrive. You must feed a superior feed/good nutrition, to a working bird. And a Pigeon that is going to learn and love to fly miles is a working bird.
Then you must train your birds. Little by little increasing the mileage over time. It is not like they become fledged out (grown their feathers) and off they go to the Church to be released for a wedding. There are hours and hours of training involved. And back to nutrition, the birds must be in working condition, their bodies in shape, before one would ever think of releasing them to fly.
To train you must have the proper crates and or pens to take them out safely to fly. You do not just open the care door and call them. All young birds start out on short runs, older birds will fly several miles.
Once you do have your birds ready to fly for an event the person bringing the birds needs to have nice baskets or cages to fly them from. Most decorate the expensive baskets for your event to make it look as nice as they can for you. Then that person dresses nice, certainly not what they would for a training run, so that your event is top notch.
The person providing this service for you is a professional, ie, they are working and providing a service. Just like when you get up Monday morning to go to your job, they expect to get paid. They have set the booking date a side, they have dressed for the affair, they have trained the birds and made them as nice and clean and fresh for your event as they can. Also, keep in mind the gasoline it took to get to your event.
After the release the birds many times beat the folks home. But many times a bird will arrive home late. And because of the love of the birds, the relationship the person has with that bird, the time spent with training and all, and don't forget this person raised that bird; that person worries that something happened on the way home. Just like humans in the vehicles, there are risks each time a bird flies.
So what I hope you now understand are the hours and money that go into each bird that is flying at your event. Each cared for and fed a good, albeit not cheap, diet, housed in a nice loft or expensive cages. All the hours of training that went into the beautiful birds that will now, for that short time, make your event one that no one will forget.
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-- The Prairie Doves Team
Sat, 30 Jul 2011 17:39:58 -0400