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Becky - 2011-06-01
I just got a new white dove it is the most cutest bird I have ever seen but can someone please tell me what they eat?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    A commercial dove and pigeon mix or a regular parakeet seed mix supplemented with greens rich in minerals, vitamins, and calcium is a fine diet. White Doves love treats. They not only enjoy their greens, but will also enjoy spray millet and such things as crumbled cornmeal and bread. Grit is essential as all Ringneck Doves swallow their food whole, and it helps grind up the food. Oyster shell or even cuttlebone can be added for calcium and is important for egg layers.
  • Kate - 2011-06-13
    I just feed mine parakeet food, yet I have dove mix and feed it grit every once and a while (the grit is needed for digestion)
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Sheryl - 2011-06-06
I have two white doves. They have hatched out eggs before but the last two times the babies have died. Should I separate the babies from the adults and if so when should I do this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-06
    Are they feeding the babies? If they are feeding the babies without problems and the babies are not cold then I would just leave them with the parents till 10 - 14 days and then start hand feeding. If you don't wish to hand feed and the parents are doing it then the parents would teach the babies how to get out of the nest and eat food etc. Make sure you have easy things to eat that are soft for both parents and babies. Now, the hard part, if the parents are not feeding the babies then pull them now. You can put the babies in a container with carefresh or diapers (cloth) but a smooth cloth without snags, or an aqaurium - anything flat with sides. Put a heating pad wrapped in a towel on low under 1/2 the container. You need to keep the babies warm. Think the parents body temperature is 105 and they are normally in the nest with the babies so also put a towel or cover over the top of the container to make sure no drafts. It would also be best to place a bowel of water near by to try and increase the humidity for the babies. Now for hand feeding. You can hand feed (there are commercial hand feeding mixes at the pet store). Try Kaytee. You can feed with a syringe or a spoon. You mix the formula (I would mix it with pedialyte to start with)
    and the temperature should be between 100 and 105. You do not dump or squirt the mixture down the throat - honest. You lay the mixture on the tongue and let them swallow. You start out with the mixture the consistency of a baby bottle and you will be feeding every 2 - 3 hours - you can skip one time at night. Then you will gradully thicken the formula to ketchup consistency and you will be feeding about 3 times a day. You will be offering the babies soft foods also. When they start to eat soft foods, then you cut back to twice a day morning and night and then finally once a day in the evening. This whole process should be about 8 - 12 weeks. If I can answer anything else please just let me know. I wish you luck and hopefully it was just the parents first time at raising babies and it takes practice.
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Alisoney - 2011-05-22
I have kept 5 white doves for 7 years and love them to bits. I have 2 dovecotes for them and they fly and walk around freely but always return home! Lately I have noticed 1 in particular has pink patches around her face does anyone know what this is and do I need to do anything? Thank you in advance for a response!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-22
    I don't know what you mean by pink patches. Do you mean bare patches where feathers are missing? In any case, I would take the dove to the vet. If it is nothing, then no harm done. However, you have 7 so if it is something you need to know what it is so you can treat all of them if necessary.
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Kerry Leigh - 2011-05-13
A small white dove was handed in at the vets. It has a pink tinge on its wings. It was due to be put down (as it wasn't a native) but it seemed a pity so I brought it home and put it in an old aviary. It appears to be quite content and reasonably tame but I'm not used to looking after small birds. Is there anything I should particularly look out for?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-13
    There is an Animal World article attached which should give you all the basics regarding food/water and care. They make the most soothing sound I have ever heard. It is mesmerising. They are extremely soft and usually are and remain extremely tame. Watch her to make sure her poop doesn't look like diarrhea and there isn't white droppings around her vent. Bathe her so her feathers don't dry out and keep her away from drafts. They can take the cold without problems but don't like drafts. You don't need to cover it at night. Just enjoy her. If you have other questions just get back to us. OK?
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stephen - 2009-07-19
One day I came home from work and noticed a small white bird struggling to make the flight across a 6 lane hwy in my suburb of Sydney. He missed cars and trucks by sheer inches but managed to make it to the backyard clothesline of my unit block, totally exhausted, but to my joy in one piece. It was indeed a white dove. I picked him off the line and caged him with my pet cockatiel, they got on just fine. She passed 2 years later but 12 years on Georgie, as I named him, is still going strong and is as bright and happy as he ever was. It is a joy to wake up to his distinctive cooing and I can understand the symbolic meaning of dove and peace. I can highly recommend a dove as a pet for kids and adults alike.

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  • Tina Stamper - 2010-08-02
    I got my white dove a year ago from a pet store and you know thought it was a male for the past year until a couple of days later she had a egg but I'm confused can female birds lay eggs by their selves and if so is there a baby in there and if not what do I do?
  • geoffrey - 2011-04-27
    Only hens lay eggs, but 2 hens may pair up and sit on the eggs to no avail if there hasn't been a male bird present. I have 2 hens that have paired up and sit on 4 eggs every chance they get. I must say javas have got to be the most graceful of all birds. I have a flock of 5 with 2 babies in the nest. I keep mine in my living room in 3 separate cages but they have free flight every evening and sit with me and my partener while watching tv. Each 1 has their own personality. I would not part with my birds for anything.
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Harriett Heumann - 2011-03-15
Have been looking for male ringneck dove for about a year...finally found one... Georgie...has been with me now for about a month. I had another male ringneck for over 20 years but Georgie's food preferences seem picky. I use the same seed mix as the pet shop where I got him. Does anyone have suggestions about seed or treats to try? I am going slow on introducing anything different into his diet.

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mark - 2011-03-14
I have several pairs of diamond doves housed in an aviary with zebra finches. Two pairs lay eggs and incubate for a week or so and then abandon the eggs. Why are they abandoning their eggs?

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Kasey - 2008-12-05
Why is my ring neck dove not pecking at his cuttle bone? My zebra finches do it.

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  • Amy - 2011-03-06
    He or she will do better with grit. Doves prefer grit.
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Dan Robertson - 2010-06-13
I am looking to identify what I believe to be a dove. It is not a Mourning Dove, as this pair is larger - more the size of the Rock Pigeon. It has a tan or tawny solid colored body with a small white ring on the back side of the neck. They easily get along with all the birds at my feeder in the back yard and are a male and female ( slightly smaller )

If you could send a photo, along with the specific name, I would be very appreciative.

Thanks

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  • Harriett Heumann - 2010-11-05
    Dan..
    U didn't say where u live but from the description of the bird I'd say u have a pair of ring-neck doves. Usually they have a black ring around the side of their necks, not white tho. There are several websites showing pics of the ring-neck doves.
    I live in south Missouri and they are all over the place here. I used to live in north Missouri and didn't see them up that way but they sure have adapted to southeastern Mo. I had a male ring-neck, Riggy, for over 20 yrs given to me by my daughter... he was without a doubt the most interesting/special pet I have ever had! I am searching for another male ring-neck, they make excellent house pets!

    Enjoy your birds!...Harriett
  • Amy - 2011-03-06
    Some of my pet ringneck doves have black rings but a couple have white it depends on their main coloring.
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Brenda - 2011-02-14
Can you help me, what is a white ring on right leg mean, and RED ring on left leg (corl) thank you if you can help me.

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  • Amy - 2011-03-06
    Normally the rings are tools for when they are showed off at bird shows.
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