While "dove" is the term we use symbolically, the flocks are actually white homing pigeons, also known as Rock Doves.
It is believed that the Dove that Noah released was an ancestor of today's Rock Dove.
There is virtually no difference between doves and pigeons, except that doves are generally smaller than pigeons.
Doves mate for life and symbolize Love, Peace, Fidelity, Prosperity, and Good Luck.
After the doves are released they use their remarkable ability to "home", and this enables them to fly great distances and find their way back to their loft. Keen senses of hearing, smell, and sight, and the ability to read magnetic fields are thought to be some of the tools they use to complete their journey.
Our birds live in a spacious comfortable loft, where they are treated as pampered athletes and pets.
They know they are loved and cared for, which is why they always hurry back to their loft after a release.
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Little ringneck "Love Doves", used for display only. These birds are never released, because they would not find their way home.
Flying inside the loft
Sunning in the aviary
Coming thru the one-way trap door, at feeding time
All the birds love their special diet!
Our original plan was the 4' x 8' loft from Red Rose Lofts. This was suggested as a 'starter' loft, so it seemed good.
However, hubby decided that he did not want to build again in less than a year, and the loft plans changed to 4' x 16'.
We started with a floor that is half wood, and half expanded metal.
This will allow for air flow and ventilation, as well as making cleaning easier.
Here, the left side aviary has been added on, although not mesh covered yet. It will have wire hardware cloth, with a door that opens up.
And we've started painting. We will continue to paint the trim, and eventually the inside as well.