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Jenny Mays - 2014-07-19
I noticed 3 days ago, a beautiful white dove perched on my shed. It has been here since. Every morning I go out and feed it. I first gave it a cornmeal and bread mixture, which it seemed to enjoy. My question is: 1. How do I encourage it to build a nest. 2. How do you identify the male from the female? I have only seen the one. I do not have interest in bringing it indoors ... but I do like the idea of it nesting in my yard. Any suggestions??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    What a pleasant surprise. However, with only one bird there won't be any breeding action. If a friend does show up, see the breeding section in the Dove and Pigeon Care guide, the link to it is at the bottom of the intro section above.
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Mary - 2014-07-16
Hi! We have had our Lovey Dovey for 25 years! -flew into our Mn. yard, and 'adopted' us. His beak worries us, as it grows skewed, and we fear for his ability to eat seeds. Have clipped it a bit, but top longer than bottom. Any advice? Thanks!

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Mary - 2014-07-16
We have had our ring-neck dove, Lovey Dovey, for 25 years! We know he/she is getting old -flew into our Mn.yard, so don't really know how old he is….LD's beak worries us, as it gets off kilter -top longer than bottom -any advice about clipping it,etc? Worry lately about ability to pick up seeds…we feel LD will outlive us.:) Thanks, Mary

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    You could take your bird to an avian veterinarian to have the beak clipped, or you can trim the beak back yourself. The nice thing about visiting a vet, is they can show you how to trim the beak and then you can get bird clippers at a pet store. If there is a bird farm in your area, they can also show you how to trim the beak. Though vets and bird farms will probably clip very thoroughly, if doing it yourself, I recommend only clipping a little at a time, then clipping again as needed.
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Kaleemullah - 2014-06-25
Hi I have one pair of diamond doves but there is some problem when the male comes near to the female then the female fights with the male. Why is the female doing this please help me?

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Winny - 2013-04-12
My neighbor has several dozen doves in an enclosure. They coo 24 hours a day. It is not a loud sound, but, a sound that I would prefer not to hear 24 hours a day. Is there anything that I, or my neighbor, could do to give me some relief from the constant cooing? This has been my world for 20-30 years and I am just wanting to hear the other birds in the area and/or a bit of silence when I am in my yard.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Well, doves will be doves. Not sure that you can change their behavior, maybe the neighbor could move the dove cote to the other side of their yard.
  • JJCAPECOD - 2014-05-21
    I am so sorry but I am reading this and need to add. I live in a suburban neighborhood - our houses are on 1/3 acre lots - I've been here 27 years, paid my mortgage almost to ownership and my neighbor keeps pigeons, doves, ducks and chickens. The singular ringneck dove is relentless, non-stop repetitive noise all. day. long. I am a bird lover- I have feeders and houses for the wild birds. I will spend hours photographing and recording wild birds - there is not one video or recording that doesn't have the ringneck cooing over and over. None of our wild species do this repetitive noise ALL. DAY. LONG. I understand how everyone loves their pets. but this is just a horrible way to live for those of us living close enough to have to listen to this. To me there is a level of cruelty here. The bird wants something. Wild birds are repetitive until they find their mate etc. and don't stay in one place while doing it. There is no resolution to this doves's constant cooing in a repetitive three notes. I realize this is a forum for dove lovers and keepers, but to me this non-stop calling is not only cruel the neighbors, but to the bird itself.
  • Etherealred - 2014-06-17
    JJCAPECOD: You are actually incorrect on that when it comes to doves. Doves coo-- repetitively in one place as you have described-- when they are happy, content, nesting, about to settle in for a nap, and feeling secure. Sorry Winny, but no, there is nothing you or your owner can do about the cooing. Doves have several kinds of coos and they all serve a purpose.
  • Coocooclock - 2014-06-22
    Hey my names Ashley I have two ringneck doves tangerine I guess they have one baby it's about three weeks old he's already flying they have a pretty decent size cage it's only the mailed it really seems to have a cooling problem I don't really mind it and he only coups really at sunrise and if he starts going off during the day if we just you know tell him Sheanshang stop you usually stop I know we give them lots of love and stuff there very tame very sweet. This is their first baby so we intend on keeping it Eastphal to the bars and is basically the size of a dime when it hatched so I was handling it hands-on allots pulling out from the grade somebody back under its mother and father but it seemed to handle that just fine really I mean it seems actually love me more because of that he's pretty big at this point but yeah the only problem I have is the egg problem I think I should maybe get some plastic eggs so. Laying eggs on time because Chesnee these birds aren't fertilized turtle Gatts
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Tamara Hoole - 2014-06-15
My husband and I became the proud owners of 2 white ringneck doves. They are 7 weeks old and we named them Lou & Sue. My question is at what age do they start cooing?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    I'm not certain of the age, but I do know that the male will definitely start cooing when he is ready to breed. They are sexually mature and ready to start breeding as early as 6 months of age.
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Derik - 2014-01-02
Hello. I'd like to thank you for the wonderful information you've provided! I'm interested in getting a pair of doves, but I first had some questions to which I can't seem to find any answers: Firstly, are Diamond Doves messy? I understand that they eat entire seeds, so there aren't any hulls to scatter about. However, I'd have to house them in a cage within my house, as it's a condo and there's no room for an aviary. Will I have to worry about seeds and excrement flying out of the cage and onto the floor/walls? If so, are there any suggestions for preventing this, such as a small plastic 'wall' around the bottom perimeter of the cage? Secondly, I understand they are social birds, and should be kept in pairs. I'm not certain that I'm ready for the plunge into breeding. Would it be okay to have two of the same gender? If so, would two females or two males be most wise? Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    Thanks for your nice remarks about our site, much appreciated:)



    The Diamond Doves are wonderful birds to keep, and are actually pretty clean compared to other seed eaters. But your idea of a plastic 'wall' around the bottom perimeter can help as well. Although a male/female pair is ideal, they can be kept as same sex pairs to avoid breeding. Getting two males is the best to avoid breeding behaviors.
  • Suzy - 2014-06-13
    I have a pair and yes there are some seeds on the floor but its the feathers! The entire floor is covered with itty bitty little feathers! That seems to be the only mess there is.
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Heather - 2014-04-03
I have had a collared dove since August 2012 when we picked her up from the roadside, she was 2 days old. She is very tame and loves my husband. I'm told our DNA is imprinted on her as we fed her and brought her up. We have just moved house. At our old house she flew in and out and made her nest in the side conservatory. We had her in a pen for a few weeks first. She was in a pen here for a few days and my husband felt sorry for her and let her out. She sat on his shoulder and potted around the garden and came in through the back door. Then she flew out and we haven't seen her since. I'm devastated. She has been gone four days now. Anyone have any suggestions how we find her? Will she try and go home (it's 1 hour away in the car) She wasn't interested in other birds as she thought she was one of us. Am so worried about her.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    I would put a listing in the paper and maybe contact the local shelter. She most likely will not know how to get back to your old home, but also won't be very good at surviving in the wild. It is likely someone will find her and she will stay close to human civilization. I hope you find her, good luck!
  • Jake - 2014-05-20
    I pray you find her. She sounds like a sweet heart!
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sally - 2006-04-30
This is the story of our first dove that happened in the summer of 2005:

My daughter, packing for her move back into our home, was standing in her kitchen with the kitchen door to her deck open. She looked up just as a white dove landed gently upon the railing of the deck. She was stunned, and just stood there watching it for a whole five minutes, too afraid to move lest she frighten it away. Instead of it being scared off, it just began preening and cooing. So she carefully crept outside, with water and food, and tiptoed over, very slowly. Again instead of being frightened away, it just continued preening and cooing. She stayed frozen in place for another five minutes. Finally, realizing that it was not really frightened of her at all, she crept nearer and just placed her hands over it, gently cupped the sweet bird in her palm, and brought it inside.

My daughter brought it home to me after stopping just long enought to purchase some supplies. My daughters had brought me another bird once, our past favorite, a magpie. That time i had been asking for a baby raven. Magpies are the smallest member of the raven family. Recently i had begun "asking for" (intending) another baby raven, even if it ended up being not exactly a member of the raven family. I knew in my heart that something was on its way, but I had no idea this was what it was--and i am VERY pleased. She is the most tame and sweet-natured bird i have ever had. She insists on attention. She seems to be broody (ready to sit on eggs - i don't know if you're a country girl or not), and loves bits of "people" food, bits of corn, etc., especially when we feed it to her ourselves.

Right after i wrote the above (the day it happened) i went to look again at this beautiful bird. In the space of time that i wrote, she had laid an egg. That was it. I officially named her "Lily". Now, Lily is a free-flying member of our family. I have four more that i purchased from a pet store and have prepared a dovecote for them. I want to encourage the breeding of these birds because of the visual statement they make for love, peace, and beauty.

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  • Bonnie Clement - 2014-05-12
    I am 53 and was named White Dove when I was 17. It has been my cab handle since then.I love them and I have a white dove that comes and eats with our chickens, does and other wild birds here. Thank you for your stories.
  • Bonnie Clement - 2014-05-12
    I am 53 and was named White Dove when I was 17. It has been my cab handle since then.I love them and I have a white dove that comes and eats with our chickens, does and other wild birds here. Thank you for your stories.
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Jesse Esparza - 2014-05-09
I have 4 ringneck doves. I see them mate all the time, but they haven't laid any eggs for the past two years. I feed them wild bird feed and noticed they eat everything but the milo seed. Could anyone help me find out why my doves don't lay eggs?

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