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Linda burton - 2012-09-01
We have some doves about 15. Then one night they went off but come back during the day to feed and one pair have got eggs and sitting on them but we do not understand why the don't sleep here as they always did until about two weeks ago will they come back please x

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-01
    That seems to be a little reversed.  I normallyhear that the doves would go out during the day and roam around and come back to roost at night - you hva ethe opposite occuring.  They have obviously found what they believe to be a safer or better or high roosting place for night that they feel safe with.  They come home to feed during the day.  I do not know if come winter they will come back to roost or essentially you are feeding an acclimated but essentially free flock.  They might all be trying to build nests - possibly someone on this site has more knowledge that can help.  However, doves do and can fly free and flock.
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clint - 2012-08-31
My diamond dove layed 2 eggs this morning. I found one splattered on the bottom but it wasnt fertile. Did the parents kick it out? The nest is getting really big like over the top of the nest and they keep adding. Should I be worried or is this normal? What should I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-31
    Possibly the dove tossed the egg out but more likely is the mom dove thought she had to 'poop' or stepped outside the box and the egg got laid and splattered.  Not everything goes perfectly.  Possibly the nest box is too small or possibly you are giving them too much material to put into the nest - either way it is an easy solution.  My guess is the nest box is too small.  For dove nest boxes and possibly some ideas you can follow this link.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=dove+nest+box+size&qpvt=dove+nest+box+size&FORM=IGRE
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janet - 2012-05-07
If my doves eggs do not hatch after 21 days, what should i do with the eggs? the female is very,very protective of her eggs. it is her 1st eggs &she &her mate both sit on the eggs in thee nest. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-07
    Let her sit the eggs and usually they get bored with them. Dove eggs usually hatch at around 14 days so if you waited 17 days or so - then you can just remove the eggs and throw them out. Give them a new toy to play with - it would be nice.
  • damitamone - 2012-06-30
    My dove gets very depressed if I just throw her eggs away. No matter how long it takes I just wait for her to abandon the eggs before I remove them from the cage.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-26
    Well doves eggs are supposed to hatch 2-4 weeks I think some times theres not always something in the eggs. Some doves will lay 2 eggs and only 1 will hatch. That's normal. Just wait for the birds to leave there nest to get food or something and take the eggs to the trash, the worst the bird can do is peck you but there beaks are really soft so it wont hurt. HOPE THIS HELPED:)))
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-31
    Thanks for your input, she keeps laying I let her sit on them for a very long time now the eggs are empty again. 3 in her nest, 1 from the time before the last 2. I have done everything I have read and tried all suggestions. She just keeps laying unfertile eggs. thanks all janet
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-31
    Got it now.  You said 3 in her nest?  Doves lay two.  You have two females.  They both think they are 'mating' and they are both laying.  Separating them might help but probably you are going to have to get two males (if you wish to breed) or possibly you can swap a female for a male.  It is too many eggs - so I am about 95% sure you have two females.  In any case you will have to separate them.  I am sorry cuz I know hard cuz they obviously like each other but it just won't be good for them.   So two males (and I know how do you find two males?) that is difficult.  Two males or swap one female out for a male.  Accuracy in sexing can really only be done through DNA sexing.   
  • alyssa - 2012-08-28
    Actually, I have a vision impairment, and there are two ways I can sex doves... (a) Feel the breast bone, if it is nice and curvy, and has what feels like little lumps (thats actually bone/reproductive glands etc), that's a female... a male has a distinct flat breast bone. (b) listen to the pitch of the cooing, if you have a very hooty high-pitched sound, you have a female.. A more deep-throated sound is coming from a male. I have only once been wrong about this and that's because of my own error, I wasn't listening and feeling properly.
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Claire - 2010-08-28
Hello,
I am considering getting a diamond dove as a pet. My boyfriend has parakeets (budgies) who are loud and squawky, and I can't stand them. I read on a diamond dove website that they can be very noisy as well. Do you find this to be true? I recently met a parakeet who was very sweet and quiet, and the people at the pet store said it was because they had gotten him super young, and the manager had been training him. Should I try to get a very young dove as opposed to buying an adult in the store?

I ask because I don't think I can handle having a super noisy bird of my own, and would hate to regret my decision to get one.
Thanks!

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  • Peggy - 2010-09-03
    I have Blue Diamond Doves and they are not noisy. They do coo at times which is a soothing sound. They are easy to take care of.
  • Dora - 2010-09-21
    I have 4 diamond doves. They are not noisy at all! If anything their cooing is kind of soothing. They just "coo, coo" and not too often. I love them!
  • Amy Monroe - 2010-10-20
    I've had a pair for about a month. They make noise but it's not anything like parakeets make. It's much quieter and peaceful. It reminds me of a tiny train whistle. :) They are great. My female laid her first egg today.
  • Amy Monroe - 2010-10-20
    I've had a pair for about a month. They make noise but it's not anything like parakeets make. It's much quieter and peaceful. It reminds me of a tiny train whistle. :) They are great. My female laid her first egg today.
  • Bethany - 2010-11-08
    They are not loud like parakeets are. The males coo's ARE loud, but they are not annoying either. And they are not constant, only a couple times a day at the most! Females are not very loud, they only let out the occasional coo.
    Young or old, doesn't really matter :)
  • Mary Beth - 2012-02-01
    I have diamondback doves love them and cockatiels and love them . Maybe you should look into Parrotlets
  • Jamie - 2012-02-18
    I didn't know they could be so noisy until I ended up with them! What started out as 5 back in early 2010 has now become 17 through unplanned breeding and rescuing sad looking birds from pet shops.
    The males CAN be very piercing; if one starts the mating call all the others respond and try to 'outshout' each other as it were.
    You can imagine my joy come summer when it starts getting light at 4am - earplugs are sometimes necessary as despite shutting them downstairs with the living room door shut their noise just carries throughout the building. Still love them though!
  • NAQIB - 2012-08-24
    Diamond doves are not at all a noisy bird. they coo very softly and I hear them only at morning and it's very soothing and of low voice.
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Sreeparvathy - 2012-02-26
Hello,
I had a pair of diamond doves but yesterday the male died. And the female has layed 2 eggs. It's 15 days or so that she has layed the eggs. But from today the female is not sitting on the eggs. Can you please let me know the number of days it will take for the eggs to hatch? And also is it ok if the female is alone?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    The eggs would have hatched by now and mom knows thius so she just stopped sitting them. They normally hatch in 13 - 14 days. Yes, you can have a lone dove but they are very social and would prefer to have a companion.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-27
    I am not sure what you mean but if you are asking if the female will return to being a human companion - the answer is yes. She might be a little nervous at first but if you can just hold her and pet the top of her head - she will come around and she will be a soothing companion for her human.
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-27
    Well thank you for your reply.
    But there is another problem. Actually I have no way to get a companion for the female. So if I leave her open will she come back to us or no?
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-02
    Thanks a lot
  • NAQIB - 2012-08-24
    I think the problem might be that since the male dove is dead the mother dove left the eggs. Normally the eggs hatch within 13-14 days and, at the end before 2-3 days of hatching of the egg both the parents sit together on the eggs. As a result it the eggs hatch earlier. another fact is the male doves sit on the eggs at the day and the female at the night. you should see carefully if the female sits at the night. or you can take preparation for a incubator but the babies are so small that you cant handfeed it. And i am very dearly sorry for the deah of your male dove
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Tom Sharkey - 2012-08-13
Hello all and you too Charlie Roche. Well, now you can hear that white dove laugh, and it is a laugh, go to: www.youtube.com/watch? It is exactly the same sound as my Coo Coo...Now I want to get a female and maybe get some babies to hand out to my family and friends for Christmas. Tom Sharkey

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-14
    I just think that is great.  All these years, I just thought it was the fairly unusual sound that said 'PICK ME UP' I flew over to you.  Thank you
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scleveland - 2012-08-05
My mother has had white doves for probably 15 years now. She started with two and now has around 15... If the parents don't care for the young she will take them in.. As young as a few hours old. She even hatches Eggs if they are abandoned. They are very fun birds. We have had three or four that we can go on walks with them on our shoulders.. I have one she gave me to continue to hand feed because she had another new born as well and mine.. a male is so sweet and very easy to handle.. they are easy pets and my two year old Loves him and him my two year old :-)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-07
    They make wonderful pets.  People are talking about them laughing.  I had doves and i never heard them love just coo.  So soft and love the sound.
  • scleveland - 2012-08-08
    When they fly and land.. The hoo hoo hoo.. Coo sound .. Is what people call the laugh
  • scleveland - 2012-08-08
    When they fly and land.. The hoo hoo hoo.. Coo sound .. Is what people call the laugh
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-09
    OK  got it.  I always thought that that :what rhy say is laugh' was 'come and get me ma'  and I'd laugh and go get them
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ayesha - 2012-08-08
I have a white dove one of them died but the others head is injured what do i do?

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Tom Sharkey - 2012-07-25
We have a white dove now for about 6 years. Is it true the laughing and cooing of this dove means it is a male? This dove is now having a problem with it's beak. The top part crosses over sideways and the bottom part crosses over the other way, they do not come together as one. We have a cuttle bone, but the bird doesn't seem to use it, what can we do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-25
    The males coo - I never heard about the laughing.  Problem you have is called scissor beak and it is overgrown beak condition.  You can take it to a avian vet and WITHOUT putting it to sleep just file off both the bottom and top of the beak.  The dove won't like it but it is pretty much the same as cutting your finger nails or a dogs toenails.  Simple procedure, fast and doesn't hurt.  If it keeps growing like this, he is going to have major problems eating and possibly a break which could hurt.  Then you can put a lava rock in his cage, almonds in shell, concrete perch so he can chew and file down his beak as he needs to.  If the vet says he needs to use anesthetic - use a different vet.
  • janet - 2012-08-01
    Charlie, my male and females all laugh, can't believe you never heard them. there is no way its not laughing ... lol
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-01
    Seriously, I had doves and they made cooing sounds all the time.  I just loved it - but I never heard them laugh and they were right in the kitchen.  Might have to try again. 
  • Tom Sharkey - 2012-08-03
    Charles, Janet, Well, the beak has been restored to a neat-beak. Vet @ Summit Animal Hosp. did a fine job. At first those big dog nail clippers didn't do the job, so they used tiny pair of surgial scissors, clip clip and our 12 yr plus Dove (not 6) was as good as new. And it only cost $10. Now looking into those rocks, etc. for Coo Coo to do his own trim. While at the Vet, he gave out a good bunch of laughs, and everyone (3 others) got a big kick out of this. Once in a great while he will do the 'Happy Hop' with his two feet, just like that YOU TUBE VIDEO of that bird dancing awhile back. We know our bird is a male, not because he coos or laughs, but will hump my wifes hand at times. GOD Bless.....Tom
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Debbie - 2012-07-14
As I was sitting on my deck in the middle of the night, a beautiful white dove appeared out of nowhere. It flew just above my head and very slowly under the eave and over the house. It majestically turned and went behind a huge tree in my yard and I didn't see it again. As this happened, I had cold chills but not fear...just kinda like a peace as everything seemed to stand still and quiet fell over everything. What does this mean? I know they are known in the Bible as signs of Peace. Has anyone else had anything similar happen? I feel very at ease now and had been very worried over some things. I feel it was a sign from God.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-07-26
    It could be a message from God:))) I am a christian but talk to God and ask him what it ment or talk to people at your church about it
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