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Joshua - 2012-02-14
I have two male white doves that I got last year. I feed them wild bird food. Should they be fed the nutrient filled bird food found for parakeets, finch, and lovebirds, etc.
Also, I had a cuttle-bone, and they didn't want anything to do with it. What about their talons/feet should they be clipped?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    I would feed them a nutient filled food - I would think there would be a seed for doves but I just don't remember. Remember they can eat anything you eat that is nutitional. Give them a little taste of meatloaf or chicken or brocoli. Birds in the wild can forage and birds housed can't so you can just offer. Nah, probably wouldn't do anything with a cuttlebone but doesn't hurt to lieave it in the cage. I like those concrete perches for birds and you get one (I think medium) for the doves and you place that perch as the highest perch in the cage. They usually sleep at the highest point and that should keep their nails and beak trimmed. You can also place it in front of the feed dish if they sleep in a nesting area.
Jim - 2010-07-27
I found a white dove in my evergreen trees sat. He must be from a wild grey dove as I seen her next to him. He was gone for three days and I spotted him again on Tues. today. Caught him but am going to release him. Has any one ever heard of this before? I live in the country.

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  • noel mccarten - 2010-08-19
    I found a fan tail white dove about a year ago on my pathway. It was exhausted and near to death. He was about 2 weeks old. I kept him in a very large outdoor cage with a small dog box for shelter. When it became old enough and stronger I was given a white fan tail hen. They mated almost immediately and hatched two eggs. The chicks were well for 2 weeks then one died. I kept the other one with the parents until 1 week ago when I put it in its own cage and house on top of the parents house. I erected an open polecote today and intend to move the young dove into it and train it to free fly hopefully to return to the polecote and use one of the 8 nesting boxes as its home. Mating has now commenced again with the two adults so I am hoping for more eggs and eventually more chicks. I must admit I love keeping the doves and find it a very rewarding hobby. You should try it jim. Do not release it as it may perish. Try housing it in a roomy cage and see how you go. Good luck.
  • CJ - 2010-10-25
    Doves are not native to any country with evergreen trees. Please try to rehome said bird, or keep it yourself. It is most likely someone's bird that they foolishly released or accidentally got out of the house. They do not do well with cooler, wet climates & are normally eaten by any prey birds around.
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Jennifer - 2010-08-03
I have a male diamond dove who is about two years old. But, some of things he does confuses me. For one thing, he sits in his food dish. I mean, he fits his whole entire body into his food dish, and I have no idea why. I know for a fact that he is a male, so he isn't nesting, but maybe he thinks he is? He also likes to pull up the newspaper I have on the bottom of his cage. He would rip it up if he were strong enough, I bet. He has a comfortable environment, and he's healthy. So, I wonder why the weird behavior?

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  • Levent Özönder - 2010-08-13
    It is most probably because that cage does not have any soft surface for her to sit.They prefer to sit down on a space than sitting on a stick. I have a couple of these doves and I discovered this recently.
  • Peggy - 2010-09-03
    They like cozy. Provide him with a small basket with either shredded paper or hay in it. All birds like to tear up paper. I have several kinds and they all do it.
  • Dora - 2010-09-21
    I don't know why he sits in his food dish. I just wanted to comment that newspaper ink is toxic and will stain their feathers. I use regular white paper towels on the bottom of my doves cage.
  • Kate - 2010-12-05
    I also use paper towels in my birds cage. I bought my dove a nest at the pet store. I fill it up with paper towels. Sometimes he sits in it and sometimes it is not where i left it.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-08
    They like a nesting area or platform or birdie buddy. They just like cozy and prefer a nest/basket something to sleep in. I think most birds will pull up paper. Just fun to do. Foster and Smith sell cage aper which is smooth and harder for them to get a hold of - or it just isn't as interesting. Foster and Smith Pet or Bird Supplies and they have a web site.
  • Diana - 2012-02-08
    Diamond doves for some reason have this thing with their tiny feet. They catch arthritis young so you need to make sure you dont use newspapers because they dry out their feet unlike paper towel. :)
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michelle - 2012-02-05
Hi can anybody help me. I have two white doves that have just mated. The eggs have hatched they are nearly 3 weeks old. We let them out yesterday and one of them has not returned. I am realy worried and very upset. It knows our whistle and we have walked looking and whistling for her and had no luck. Can anyone give me some help or advise. It is the female that has gone will the male take over and look after the chicks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-05
    Both the male and female dove usually feed the hatclings so maybe you will be fortunate in that respect. I'd get some feeding formula and a feeding syringe at the pet store just in case though. The female - she may have gotten lost and maybe4 she doesn't hear your whistle. One thing that possibly might help is to leave a strong light (flashlight, lantern, house lights - whatever) and a radio on close to the cage so the female can hear it and see it very visually in the evening. They don't usually move at all at night so start the light and the radio around 4 pm and leave on. If she hears something familar or sees a light it might draw her attention. It has worked - so there is hope. I am sorry.
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Noshin Raisa - 2009-06-30
Well I didn't actually see any doves. I really want a pure white dove that is gentle and sweet tempered. But I don't know where to get one. My birthday is in July 3. I am in Manhattan. If anyone know where to get a pure white dove, than tell me 'PLEASE!!!!!!!!! Thank you very much!

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  • nathan sizer - 2010-04-11
    I have a pair already they're beautiful birds.
  • Amy - 2011-03-06
    Keep my e mail handy mine keep hatching white babies.
  • Cari Cleverly-Carmichael - 2012-01-31
    Two years ago my husband got me two white Doves for our annivesary. I had never even considered having a bird as a pet prior to my new thoughtful and very unique anniversary gift. WOW!!! It was love at first sight, they are so pretty, and that's nothing compared to their quite surprising social little personalities. They are extremely sweet, loveable, curious, social, and funny. Mine make a laughing sound that is so cute it makes me laugh too. Any way my Doves named Jasper and Lola have parented four baby birds that I have happily welcomed into our family (it can get a little noisy around here especially early in the morning) but it's a soothing sound and I LOVE IT!!! I don't know if it's the area I live in or what (Butte, Montana), but no one seems to want a baby Dove. I would love to help you get your pure white Dove (or two), that is gentle, and sweet tempered.
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Ruby H - 2011-11-21
I have a silly question. Sometimes when my dove is just flitting around when he lands he giggles. Seriously does anybody know what this means?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-21
    Not a silly question. My human had a cockatoo and the cockatoo would just click for an hour at a time. Just click. She called everyone and asked why the c;licking and no one could answer. My guess is they just happen to like making a particular sound and they repeat it over and over.
  • Peter A Meyer - 2011-12-14
    Friends of mine in Melbourne had a Galah (Rose-breasted Cockatoo) that must have been reared with a cat because it purred!
  • Lynda Bradford - 2012-01-13
    That is a natural landing sound for doves. Then they will flicker their wings to welcome each other.
  • abe - 2012-01-30
    He is most likely a she. My male only coos and my younger female laughs when landing or when she is picking at the male! Also the male can only walk real slow, but hops real fast when he is after the female. She walks real fast. I don't know if all males and females have this same feature.
mary - 2011-11-02
I'm still trying to catch this beautiful white dove that adopted me this summer, I live in MI so it's not gona be nice soon. I've wrtten before and all the hints to catch haven't worked. she's a fast one. If I'm successful how big a cage do I need, food what kind and where do I find grit, and will she adapt to indoor life?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-03
    If she is that flighty than I don't know of any other way to catch her except a net. You just catch her like you would a butterfly with the net and then twist the net closed and carry her into the home. The cage should be at least 2 X 2 by 3. You can find grit/food etc at the pet store and I just can't imagine that she would not adapt to indoor life. I think she must have been indoors or had human contact at some point. It might take a little while but she wouldn't keep coming back like this if she felt safe somewhere else.
  • Marthe Schwartz - 2011-11-03
    Hi Mary,I had written before, but did not see it posted. A white sacred dove was sitting in my driveway end of August. I lured her in with placing seeds and a water dish into the garage. Once inside I closed the garage and cornered her with a white sheet which I gently throw over her. Well, she is with us and my parrots since then and part of our family. I named her 'Perlita'.
    So gentle and sweet and she knows the whole house now and flies around to certain times when I let her out of her cage(cockatiel cage) or the guest bathroom, she occupies both. :-) Any Petstore should have grit, buy the medium size. Good Luck, hope you can get her into your garage!? Marthe
  • mary - 2011-11-04
    I hadn't thought of a sheet. I have some decorative fishnet that is flexable that maybe I could throw over her, as i don't have a garage to lure her into. I swear she eats with one eye on her food and one eye on me and at the smallest move I make, she's up on the roof.
  • Frank - 2011-11-06
    One of my white doves got out of the pen and she had 2 little ones in the nest. The male mate continued to feed them. Mother dove did not stray because she had the babies. If she didn't have babies she would have been long gone. I have a small Hav-A-Heart trap suitable for catching small fry such as birds, chipmunks and so forth. I placed it on the ground by the pen and after a couple of days she became hungry and flew back to the pen, looked around and saw the seeds and half piece of crumbled white bread and and I placed it in a line Hansel and Gretel style and she followed the food inside and triggered the trap. I put her back in the pen and she flew straight to the nest and her little ones. Frank
  • Lynda Bradford - 2012-01-13
    Big fish net with a long handle
mary - 2011-11-07
I sure hope doves have short term memory, cause today I really made her mad trying to catch her with no luck, first with a blanket no luck she moved just as i dropped it, then with a fishing net which my neighbor had previously tried weeks ago and she took off and I haven't seen her since. I'm so upset, that she put her trust in me and then I upset her by trying to catch her. I just hope she comes back to eat, All of you sucessful dove catchers must be a lot faster than I am.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-08
    I am sorry - she must be fast. The only other thing I can think of is to take some sort of cage and put the food inside the cage. Tie a string to the door and when she goes into eat - which might take a couple of tries then pull the string and close the door.
  • Lynda Bradford - 2012-01-13
    Try a big fish net.
netra sonawane - 2011-12-18
My white dove is born to eggs but is not coming to hatching and not coming to pets why not come to hatching tell me?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-20
    I'm not sure I understand exactly but I believe you're asking why your dove isn't sitting her eggs. Many times they do not sit (incubate) the eggs until the last egg is laid. During this time and incubation, it would be unlikely that she would come to be pet as well. Wait until the last egg is laid and see if she starts sitting the eggs then.
  • Lynda Bradford - 2012-01-13
    mother nature
Lynda Bradford - 2012-01-13
I have a question: I have a 6x6x4 foot avaiary for my pair of white doves. Can I house my pair of ringnecks in the same aviary?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-13
    I would not. Ringnecks can be quite agressive and territorial especially during breeding season. Doves are extremely gentle and I think someone just might get hurt.

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