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Shari - 2012-04-20
I have 2 diamond doves. Male and female. I can't keep up with their mating habits. They just had one dove and they are at it again. It is possible to separate the birds? I need help I really don't want a dove farm and they are out of control. Also, when is the best time to remove the young dove. This is the first one they have had and I'm not sure when would be the best time. Please help. Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-20
    Best time to remove the little guy, unless you wish to hand feed is when you see him out of the nest box and totally eating on his own all the time. Mom will feed for awhile after the baby laves the box. Don't panic. I don't think you will wind up with a dove farm. Sometimes mom and dad are quite prolific when they decide to mate. They only had the one baby and there is normally two so instinct is just doing its thing. I wouldn't separate them. Possibly she would lay eggs anyway and they would both be pretty unhappy.
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Lyall Cousins - 2012-03-04
I've got 2 doves. One white, one mottled brown. They must both be males because there hasn't been any eggs since I purchased them 6 months ago, and they coo constantly ALL night. I want to get them a mate so they'll quiet down and be happier. Is there an easy way to tell what sex they are when I go so the guy who sells them doesn't try passing off another male on me?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-04
    Without having seveal doves and seeing the behaviors and knowing for sure cuz one actually laid eggs, there isn't any accurate way to determine the sex of a dove except through DNA. Males coo a lot to attract a mate and females lay eggs. Many times people wind up with birds two of the same sex. People will buy several and allow the doves to pair up - they seem to know.
  • Geraldine Mccall Woodcox - 2012-04-15
    I had a male and didn't know but it never laid a egg. When I wanted to get it a mate the gentleman at the feedstore said it's hard to tell but a female is smaller in the pelvic area and he felt around and said yep this one is a girl and sure enough eggs eggs eggs
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Peter A Meyer - 2011-12-14
I am in Eltham, Victoria, Australia. I found a small white dove last Sunday (Dec. 11) on my lawn. It happily allowed me to pick it up and I found it was covered in bird lice. It is now deloused, wormed and settling in to its cage nicely, with a flutter around my unit every now and again. It is feeding well on a local brand of complete canary mix (Trill) which has all necessary seeds, shell grit, multivitamin supplement, red and green capsicum, etc., and judging by the amount of rear-end production its internals are working fine. I think it is barely fledged and is a beautiful little bird with a very trusting, friendly nature, but I can't get it to take a bath, and I always thought most birds love a bath.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fire it up in this department? I tried before and if a bird can look disapproving, this one did.

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  • Laurie - 2012-03-18
    I have 13 White Doves who live outside year round. They love baths and frequent misting from a garden hose(summer time only). They are very picky about their 'bathtub' though. There are two containers of water. Once small, for drinking, and a bigger one for bathing in. However, most times I find them bathing in the smaller one. Silly birds.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-15
    All birds do not like a bath. Some do but I have found that most do not. However, you can spritz her with water or just spritz her with the kitchen sprayer if you have one. You can try different things and possibly she will be OK with one of them. Most don't. They will learn to tolerate a spritzing if gentle and aimed above the head. Weird - right?
  • Peter A Meyer - 2011-12-16
    Thanks Charlie. I'll just try her (?) with a kitchen spray bottle and see if I get glared at again!

    Well, that wasn't a success - she was happily sitting on top of her cage watching me until I started spraying, tolerated it for about 10 seconds, then cleared off! It's a quite warm day so no harm done.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-16
    Keep trying with the spritzer as he ? might get used to it. Some birds just do not like baths. I have one that will bathe in his water bowl every time I run the vacumn close to him but forget trying to bathe him. Impossible. I turn the vacumn on and just let it sit and he goes crazy bathing in his water bowl. Go figure. Good luck.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-05
    That is funny and yes they do make one big mess when decide to bathe in water bowl. Mine still bathes in water bowl every time I run the vacumn. They eventually get us trained.
  • Peter A Meyer - 2012-01-05
    Charlie my dove finally told me it wanted a bath by making an almighty mess trying to have one in its water bowl. I put in a larger bowl of water and it happily had its bath OK. Trouble is that was 2 weeks ago before I had a brief holiday, and it hasn't tried since!
  • Peter A Meyer - 2012-03-15
    I think my dove has an aversion to cleanliness. It had one bath since I found it, and won't even take a dust bath (let alone one in water), unlike its native Crested Pigeon cousins around here. It's moulting at the moment and I am having a snowstorm in late summer/early autumn!
  • Geraldine Mccall Woodcox - 2012-04-15
    I have 2 beautiful doves one male one female and they love love love a shower in the shower. I make the water luke warm and they sit on my finger and open their wings and all they enjoy it,but keep away from the face. I always dry them off after as to not let them get a draft
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Kevin Bushrod - 2012-04-07
We have set up a breeding shed along side of dove shed. Two pairs have laid eggs but the first pair introduced to nesting shed would not let the 2nd pair settle so they nested in the shed with the others. Can anyone give me any help on getting more than one pair in nesting shed please we have only had doves for aprox 4 weeks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-07
    If you are saying that you have one nesting box (shed) then you can only expect one pair to use one box. Doesn't make any difference how big the box is. If you have two pair of doves you should have two (preferably three) nest boxes. I do not understand what you mean that they nested in the shed with the others.
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Tina Sanson - 2012-03-29
We have just inherited a beautiful ringneck dove, he/she hasnt been a pet but is semi tame. We've set it up home inside with its own cage space. I let it out in my room everyday to have flight time, problem is though I think it is depressed? It has barely made a noise at all the entire time, never tried to attack or be territorial, isn't fussed on being handled but lets me without to much fuss and just perches in my room rather then flies around. Help anyone? Im not sure if it's a depression stage or something might be wrong. Seems very healthy and we have wormed/mited it professionally.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-29
    They are not flighty. They would just look around and find something they are comfortable perching or preening on and settle in. I don't believe they attack and not territorial at all unless sitting on eggs. She (I think she cuz a little quieter) probably is just getting used to her surroundings and new people, places and things. Hold her and pet -- love the top of the head and sides of the face. I don't think depressed - just new.
  • Tina Sanson - 2012-03-30
    Thank you =)I try to pet her but she only lets me down the breast bone, gets really scared and skittery when I try to pet her head or back of the neck.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-31
    Probably real comfortable with you petting breast bone cuz she can see your hand. Works for me and her.
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mary - 2012-03-26
how do i get rid of the starlings that have invaded my feeder, and not scare off my other birds?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    I don't think there is a way to scare a particular species of bird away without scaring the others.
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Christi - 2011-09-11
I recently obtained a white dove from someone that nursed it back to health. He is very friendly and I would like to find him a friend to keep him company. I think maybe a female as I'm not sure if two males can live together peacefully. If anyone has any leads on a white female dove in the St. Louis, Mo. or Southern Western Illinois Please respond.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-12
    Wll do but check the Classifeids and Craigs List in your area.
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Jesse G - 2011-10-20
My ring neck dove keeps attacking me, whenever I walk by his cage he raises his wings as if to make himself look bigger to scare me off, when I go to pick him up he tries to evade me and starts pecking hard at me can someone help me with this I feed him but whenever I get close to him he just attacks me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-20
    I think that is really strange behavior for a dove. Sounds territorial to me. Try feeding him with your hand some sort of treat. Cheerios usually work. Sometimes something scares a bird and they seem to be 'cage bound' as if they are afraid to come out or get off the cage. Can you just 'pick him up' and move him to a neutral area? Whether territorial or some sort of fear - you need to get him to a neutral area - away from his cage and go back to the basics like 'step up' 'No' etc. If this has just been for a week or so - then I would just ride it out for another week. Could be molting, hormonal, puberty etc. Birds do have their moments when they just want alone time. Otherwise neutral territory and back to the basics.
  • Glenda Alatorre - 2011-11-02
    My dove attacks everyone but me. He aggressively attacks my 9 year old daughter and my 81 year old mother. I have decided he loves me and is territorial. I would like to find a way to change this behavior though. It is so heart breaking to my daughter, who treats him very well. He dive bombs her head and face every time she goes past him.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-02
    Territorial behavior and I guess he believes that you are his territory. It happens frequently in the world of birds. Your little guy has chosen you as his mate and is going to protect you from any and all others. There are lots of suggestions that people have like have your mom or daughter feed the little fella treats. Sometimes this can work but I just thought I'd tell you that I have been with my human for 27 years and she is my mate. I will chase her husband all over the home. I will not tolerate him and he has given me cheese, chicken, done my water, treats - even tried talking and I do not care. My human is my mate.
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Joyanne - 2012-01-16
Hi, I just have a little concern, I hope someone can help me?. A bird has kind of adopted me. I think it is a white pigeon with some black. It has been living in my yard for just over a week. I do feed it. It sleeps in my water drain on my roof. But does'nt fly any further than my roof. It seems to be quite tame. My noisy kids don't scare it. It even tried to come into my house! It has no ring or id tags. Should I be worried? It is eating lots. But I was also hoping to get a cat soon. But I don't want anything to happen to this beautiful bird. Thank you. I hope someone can help as getting a bit worried about it.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    WOW this could be so many different things ranging from the bird is just fine to the bird is really old and settled away from the flock. It could also have gotten separated from it's human owner which is why it comes in the home and is so tame.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
    Just some thoughts in if the little fella is this tame. it belonged to someone or at least had a flock. If it is old and separated from the flock or just separated from its human, it probably can't make it on it own through winter - depending on where you live. If it comes in the house - just pick it up and put it in any kind of a holding cage. You can keep it for a pet or you can take it to a rehabilatation facility. You can also put a bird cage where it is nesting on the roof and fill the cage with hay or carefresh so it can stay warm. The SPCA called me to care for a dove that had been lost somehow in a hurricane. I realized the dove was blind and I lived in Fl so just for temporary, I put her in my dogs kennel. I have no idea how she did it but a male dove got in there and showed her the 'ropes' and they had 4 babies. Somehow the male showed her around, where the food was and he cared for the babies and her. It was a wonder to see and have. Few years went by and there were about 15 doves and they went in and out of the dog kennel as they saw fit.
  • mary - 2012-01-16
    What state are you from? It sounds like my dove, as I think mine has expanded, her feeding route, yes here in MI she is still flying, shivering some nights I know, imagine a white bird in white snow. Shes had to see same days, then a white cat was stalking her about a month ago, but someone at work told me to put orange peel in the yard,and I haven't seen the cat since. Can anyone tell me where in the USA someone builds Dovecotes, I can only find them in the UK, and shipping is terrible.
  • Andrea Ghent - 2012-03-01
    Hi, we had the same experience with what we eventually figured must have been an Ice Pigeon. No tags or ID, stunningly beautiful, tame and we ended up taking her in for almost half a year. When summer hit we would take her outside for walks outside. She had homing abilities and would do flights around our neighbourhood. One day she took a longer flight than normal and we think she got lost. We spent most of the rest of the summer and fall calling for her. If you're in Ontario, let me know, we'd love to find her again.
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Denise - 2012-03-05
Well a strange thing happened the other day. The male dove I thought I had, had 2 eggs in the bottom of the cage. We have had this dove for 10 years. Nothing before ever never .....Has anybody heard of this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-05
    Strange but normal. It happens. Person wrote in and their MALE was 26 years old and laid eggs for the first time. If you haven't thrown the eggs out, just put them in a dish with carefresh or torn up paper towel so she can sit them if she wants. After 15 days - throw them out. Frequently if they don't sit the eggs or the eggs get tossed, they will lay eggs again. If you already threw them out, don't worry about it but let her sit them if she wants the next time.
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