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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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richard - 2012-02-21
Good morning,

I am trying to identify and if possible locate the where abouts of an odd pigeon..
I was told there is an ALL WHITE PIGEON THAT HAS BLACK FEET....Is there such a pigeon . if there is what is the name,breed, area that it is found and who sells this kind of bird...

albee1@rock.com

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Awlad - 2011-11-13
I have two pair silver diamond dove. But 15 days ago I have separated them and kept them single. I thought they need rest. But now I want to pair them reversely. 1st pair's female is paired with 2nd pair's male. But they can't . Both of them fight. How can I pair them? Plz reply me. And how long I give rest the diamond dove.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-13
    You may not need to give them any 'rest' time, why did you remove them and keep them single? Most doves are monogamous, meaning a pair will mate for life. So if the first pairs you had worked fine together, it might be best to keep them together and not try to switch them around. The pairs you want to create may not work well. Also make sure to provide an optimum mating/breeding environment. Read up on dove breeding tips on thisDove Reproduction/Breedingpage for more information.
  • Jamie - 2012-02-18
    I love the previous comment about them being monogomous as I largely agree. However I've found the males will fan their tails any all the other birds including the other males. The females are very tetchy though and will peck males who aren't their partner often quite aggressively.
    I have one male who lost his partner to illness. I brought a new female and kept them together in a seperate cage. It took just over 3 months for him to even acknowledge her existence (she'd taken to him within a week however) It took a fierce attack from another paired female I already had that he was fond of for him to finally decide she wasn't so bad after all.
    If the previous partners are within earshot I'll be surprised if you can get the females to pair with the new male to be honest!
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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.
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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
    Noshin,
    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.
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