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Anonymous - 2011-09-02
Oh just recently bought a female diamond dove. She is so adorable!!! I love her, she is so quiet and calm. She has never pecked, bit, or scratched anyone! I luv my little luna!!!

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    frank cade - 2011-09-02
    Could someone give me info on why I can't get white doves to breed? I have 9 in a very large cage and I know there are males but they never hatch young. Thanks

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      Lela - 2009-08-16
      I have a rather large bird feeder in my yard under a large tree. The feeder is attached to a pulley and a rope. I raise and lower the feeder by the pulley to fill it. I always have a lot of birds of all kinds. The other evening at dusk I noticed there were no birds around. I stepped out side and in another tree sat a beautiful, single white dove. It was not afraid and did not fly away. I went out a number of times and it just watched me. The next morning I went out to fill the bird feeder for the week. I noticed as I walked out the door the beautiful, white dove was sitting in the same place in the same poise. It did not move and was not frightened. I watched it's eyes. The eyes followed me as I filled the bird feeder. I watered some plants that were directly under the feeder. I went into the house. I never saw the dove feed. But I did notice that there were no other birds around all morning. The only other time I saw anything like this was when a Blue Jay came around. All the birds left for awhile as long as the Blue Jay was around the feeder. Can anyone tell me if this a normal reaction of the birds? Does a white dove usually show up at dusk? Does it have an oman when it does show up at a home and stays for awhile (except that it is hungry)? Any comments would be really appreciated. Thanks for making my day ... you little white, winged dove.

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      • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-23
        I have had birds fly into the screen and some into the house. Some are fine and some are stunned. The ones that are stunned just don't move much - if at all. Their eyes are open but they don't really move. I pick them up to keep them warm and sometimes will place them in a box or on a towel to keep them warm again. I offer food/water etc. I pet them and they seem so content with that. Maybe they listen to see where the flock is. Maybe they are just comfortable. Sometimes they just won't let go of my hand or finger. Strange. Sometime I wonder if I have another permanent house guest. But whether it is a few hours - or even a couple of days, they return to their flock. I just take them out often and let them sit on my hand and they seem to cock their head, listen and then fly away.
      • Joe - 2011-08-22
        I was out cleaning my garbage holder with a water hose. I heard bird wings
        flutter behind me.....I was stooping down....and when I turned around I saw this big white dove .. just behind me. It did not fly away as I approached it... So I got a container to put out water for the dove...and went into the house to get some dry oatmeal and regular bird seed...and placed beside the water container. I went back into the house....and hours later when I came back outside....the dove was gone (seemingly)
        and hour or two later I drove my wifes car around to take a bag of garbage to the dump... I got out of the car....put the bag in the back of the station wagon....got in the car....and the bird appeared against the window. We left and returned about an hour later....The dove was perched on top of my truck and is still there... I placed the water and oatmeal/birdseed on top of the truck near the bird....which did not fly away...
        not sure what to do......must be someones pet.....any suggestions? Joe
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      Jessy Pribble - 2011-08-22
      Hi , I found a dove in the middle of the road flapping it's wing. I picked it up and have it in a cage hoping I can help it get back to flying again.
      This is the third day and it walks real well. It trys to fly but isn't doing so well. Does anyone know if the wing will heal on its on? It seems to be ok ,not broken. I just don't want to leave it out for other animals to kill.

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      • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-22
        The dove could have badly sprained its wing in which case it should be OK. I wouldn't let it attmept to fly around a lot. I don't know if you have any idea how to rap the wing to immoblize it - but we canget to that. Does the one wing feel like the other wing when you stroke it from shoulder to wing tip along the bone? Both on the top and bottom. Bust guess? How is the dove holding its wing - just hanging down and out or out or is it folded into the body?
        Feed it and water and you might have a pet that can't go backout. It may heal. Tell me more about how the wing is reacting, being held. No bone showing - correct?
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      BRITTANY - 2008-10-21
      Hello. I recently bought a Diamond Dove. With researching, I am thinking it is female. I would like to purchase her a friend or a couple to keep her company. I am located in Beaver Dams, New York and I am hoping to find some more Diamond Doves. If anyone knows how I can get some near me, please let me know. I'v looked in pet stores but I think they are a little over priced, plus they don't have them in yet. Thanks, Brittany. Can email me at britsdreamer22@yahoo.com

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      • JULIANNE - 2011-08-17
        HI BRITTANY.... I JUST READ YOUR COMMENT ABOUT PURCHASING A FEMALE DIAMOND DOVE. WELL YOU SAID YOU THOUGHT IT WAS FEMALE... I DID THE SAME THING! THE PET STORE HAD NO IDEA SO I DID SOME RESEARCH [HER COLORINGS, THE EYE RINGS, ETC.. and I KNOW IN MY HEART SHE IS A FEMALE]. ACTUALLY I BOUGHT HER FOR MY 15YR OLD SON. THEY ARE SO SO ATTACHEDTHE BIRD WONT LEAVE HIM...EVER. ONLY 2 SLEEP. THEREFORE I SUGGESTED GETTING HER A MATE AND MY SON LOVED THE IDEA! HONEY IS ABOUT 6MO OLD. I JUST WONDERED HOW THAT WENT FOR YOU WHEN YOU GOT ANOTHER ONE? DID YOU GET MORE THAN ONE AND DID THEY LAY EGGS? DID THEY GET ALONG..IF SO DID THE TAKE CARE OF THE EGGS? THE BABIES? I JUST KNOW THAT MY SON WILL BE HEARTBROKEN IF THEY ATTACK THE BABIES AS I READ THEY CAN DO. IM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD 2 HEARING BACK FROM YOU!! I HOPE YOUR DIAMOND DOVES ARE STILL DOING WELL!! THEY ARE SO ADORABLE, SO LOVING, SO SMART AND THEY HAVE THE ABSOLUTE SWEETEST COO IN THE WORLD! WE LOOKED AT SO SO MANY BIRDS AND WOULDNT CHANGE THIS DOVE FOR ANYTHING! TAKE CARE AND GO DIAMOND DOVES.... PS. THEY ARE SO HARD TO FIND IN OHIO ANYWAYS...... FINALLY FOUND ONE [YEP ONE] AT PETCO AND THAT WAS A MONTH AGE. STILL CALLING JUST IN CASE WE DO GET ANOTHER BUT, JUST NOT ABLE TO. PPS. DID YOUR DOVE LIKE A NIGHTLIGHT OR VERY LOW WATTAGE REPTILE LIGHT? THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR ANY HELP YOU MAY HAVE. PLEASE GMAIL ME AT JEWELS7474@GMAIL.COM
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      lorna mc keever - 2011-08-16
      Ten white doves were released near my home. They have not flown away. I am sure what to do. They seem quite tame. Any advice what to do with them?

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      • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-16
        You can call the USDA or Fish and Game in your state. I really wouldn't know anything else to do and maybe they would know.
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      william zickuhr - 2011-08-15
      This last weekend (sat and sun) we had what I think was a silver diamond dove show up to our back yard ground feeder. I have look at quite a few dove pictures, and the closest is the silver diamond. Eastern Washington. Did one escape from a handler ?

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      • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-15
        There is no way to know the answer to that question. If one managed to leave - they will most likely find their way back given they possibly can.
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      Lara Sharber5 - 2011-08-08
      One very brave white dove or homing pigeon is visiting my neighbor and good friend, Lural. He was unsure of the type of bird and came over with this wonderful story about Blanca the white dove. After reading up on the dove/pigeon similarities, we believe Blanca to be a sign of peace in that he/she is deffinitely a dove. Lural feared that one of the many felines or Isis, their guard dog, might harm her but despite the danger, Blanca has moved into Casey's room, Lural's roomate. The information here helped us to understand more about the nature of the white dove. We found it to be very useful. I'll keep you updated on the rest of Blanca's journey.

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      • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-09
        Aren't they soothing. Love that small little noise they make.
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      GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-18
      We have white doves. We have a very large aviary. With approx.15 doves.We have 8 nesting boxes at different levels.
      Our doves lay lots of eggs , but none are hatching.
      We give our doves food,fresh water to drink daily,a large bowl of water for bathing,grits,treats,vitamins and lots of love....
      We put sand in there nests,with pine straw...they lay lots of eggs ,but none ever hatch.Can someone tell me what more can we do....Thanking you all in advance for any help you can offer...

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      • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-18
        WOW doves usually breed quite well. I have some questions first. How old are the doves and did you get them all at the same time? There are males and females - not just by coincedence all females? Breeding does not necessarily come naturally. Birds usually see the breeding, sitting and parenting activities in a flock. If you happened to purchase all young doves then you might just have to wait till they catch on. The other choice is to purchase a pair of proven doves (that know what they are doing) so the rest can see. My vet had me do this as my macaws weren't catching on. It worked. Are the paents sitting the eggs? Can you candle the eggs with a flashlight to see if fertile? My guess is they just don't know what they are doing yet and movies won't work. They will learn or you will have to get a proven pair to show them. I would also put some carefresh ( little) on top of the sand amd straw and a few twigs for them to chew so they are essentially making a nest. Is there a perch by each of the nest boxes so the male can PROTECT the female while incubating and reverse when he is sitting the eggs? Do you have food dishes set up bu each of the nest boxes being used? Are the doves sitting in pairs on a perch by the next box. I'd even up the birds also - so each has a mate. So do youhave males and females? Are they all the same age and you acquired them all at the same time? Do you have a screw in perch by eachof the nest boxes where male and female will pair and guard their box and then protect and watchwhile the other is incubating? Food set up? Male female pairing behavior? Are the eggs fertile? Sorry so many questions but if you want to figure it out - we just have to go to the basics.
      • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
        5 months to 5 years - and nothing. One other thing is that some birds like their privacy to mate. Sounds nuts but it is true. If there is a way to provide additional privacy around the nest box - that might help a lot. How I did it (with caiques) was to take 3 pieces of sheet metal - about 30 x 30 (can't remember the size) and I made an invetered U, clipping the pieces of the sheet metal together. Than I hung that inside the cage - using cage clips right before the nest box. The females are laying fertile eggs but not sitting. Or are the females laying infertile eggs? There is another possibility. Most of the information I can find, say that Doves are not good in community breeding situations - in other words they want privacy and their own area/cage. I bed parrots and also had pet doves (two females as it turned out) and I swear my macaws would wait to DO IT when I walked in the door. A friend of mine had dovs which bred and the aviary was about the size of a 2 - 3 car garage though. First to figure out is if they are actually mating and eggs are fertile and then not sitting? Or are they not sitting? Either could be a privacy issue. Perch will help with sitting and some sort of a divider should help with privacy. How large is the aviary?
      • GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-19
        Cheryl,Thank you for all the information.
        We purchased the doves at different times.They range in age from five months to four years.
        The cage is a large walk-in aviary, so they have lots of room.The nesting boxes consist of plastic, baskets and bowls..with sand and pine needles .. they sit on a board shelf,spaced so the doves have room to walk around them. I did not think about a perch. I will try that ..Thank you so very much .
        I have candled the eggs that have been laid ,I did find one that had a baby,but the shell had a hole in it.Sad.So I know we have at least one male.
        The doves are always bowing and cooing ,and... shall we say loving on each other..
        I do appreciate your help.
      • GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-19
        The aviary is 86 inches wide x 62 inches deep x 79 inches high Walk in size. Very plenty of room. The doves are sitting on the eggs ...sometimes 8-10 eggs will be under one dove, and 2 eggs in another. They are very protective of their eggs ,We give it 15 days candle them and throw them out .I would think maybe it is to hot for them , but then we have a breeding pair,that are producing very well..They just had a clutch...It is a puzzle to me. But I will keep trying,and will try all you have suggested. Thank you again so very much.
      • GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-19
        I see you are on facebook !So are we..We could become friends if you like.
      • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
        Friends are good things See you on Facebook. I have been introducing some of my friends to some of my animals. One just asked me if I was nuts...... I like my birds.

        Other though is 5 X 8 is good size but for 7 - 8 pairs - that is pretty small. This is just off the top of my head but let's say a pair wants about a 2 X 2 area (doves don't take a lot of space) but they also want privacy so we are up to 3 X 3 ft. 9 feet times 8 pairs would be 72 feet and you have 40. The aviary is high but up and down doesn't really count as they all want the height for breeding. Frustrating. Per my vet telling me, I purchased a proven pair of macaws and put them dead center in the aviary. All the macaws watched and then one by one going down on both sides of the aviary - they all did it.
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      Jo - 2009-06-02
      I have ring necked doves and white doves - they breed all the time in a cockateil breeding box without a lid. The male sits on the eggs just as much as the female and also helps with the feeding of the young. One time I had two females lay eggs in the same box at the same time, and the two females and the male all helped out each other. The three eggs hatched and all survived!! Jo

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      • nene - 2011-07-13
        Hoping you may have some advice... We have a white ring neck Dove that has been with us for two weeks. It arrived one day appearing exhausted from the heat and I took a large clay saucer of water and set it down near the Dove on our deck. Also put down a small dish of finely cracked corn and the bird responded well to the water and food. Our feathered visitor spends hours resting on our deck while dining on various seeds that I read were good for white Doves. It appears that the Dove roosts in the trees at night for safety... I get very close to the Dove and it has come to know my voice when I call to it or shake the feed that I'm about to give it. The bird is healthy and has put some weight on since it's arrival. ** My dilemma in reading about these Doves is that supposedly this breed should not be released in the wild. I'm concerned about our impending cold New England weather and if the bird should be captured to protect it from the elements? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We enjoy this beautiful creature and don't want anything bad to happen to him/her.
      • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-13
        I would think there has to be a breeder in your area of ring neck doves. Your little guy must have been a pet or around humans to not be at all skiddish. He might have been a pet. If you were in Florida where there are so many, you possibly could leave him out. Without a flock, I just wouldn't think he could make it. It is just too cold up there in New England. I believe, unless, he finds a flock, you are going to have to catch him. There has to be a sanctuary somewhere near you as well.
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