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Kaleemullah - 2014-06-25
Hi I have one pair of diamond doves but there is some problem when the male comes near to the female then the female fights with the male. Why is the female doing this please help me?

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  • Renee - 2014-08-10
    Are these new doves? I think if the female had a mate somewhere else like at the pet store, maybe she is still thinking she is paired with him... Since they are monogamous. It may take some time. I'm still fairly new to this as well
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kristen Hall - 2014-08-06
We just bought a young female white dove. I have a concern though. Does anyone know if she will become depressed? She has no mate. She is let out of her cage daily for freedom; however, until next month she a a cage that is a bit too small. Can anyone help me with my question? Thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    It's hard to gauge what will make a bird depressed. Some species of doves will live in flocks while others won't. White Doves usually live in pairs, but are often alone if they don't yet have a mate.
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hope - 2014-07-24
Hello, I have had two doves for almost half a year, Marilyn and burton. they have had several pairs of eggs , all unsuccessful. well one finally hatched. I just separated her from her parents at roughly 3 weeks cause Marilyn laid another egg. I have been desperately searching on craigslist for another dove, because I don't want to go to the store and separate a pair. But she she seems so lonely and coos so sad. My question is what do you do in the situation where only one egg hatches, how do you go about introducing another dove, and how can you help them get used to you? I just want my baby Marvella (miracle) to be happy and provide her with the best care I possibly can. My doves are my world. Thanks in advance , Hope.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    You should be able to get more diamond doves at a pet store, and usually you don't need to worry about breaking up a pair, because they will most likely have a mixed group for you to choose from. Introducing another dove or two shouldn't be a problem, though it might be best to make sure your baby has a chance to become full sized and totally sustaining himself before introducing him to another.
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Debbie Register - 2012-11-06
I have recently noticed that my ringneck dove's beak is getting long. She is eating but i was wondering if trimming it is possible. If so, what do i use to trim it. Would fingernail clippers be ok.

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  • nina - 2014-07-26
    I do take mine to a vet who works with birds and she trims my doves beak as his grows as well and he can't eat well with it. If you can't find a vet in the area maybe an avery.
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Jackie - 2014-07-25
I have two brown ringneck doves and they had two clutches of eggs. Three of them hatched but the other one was rotten. They now have three babies that are growing up fast. Is it okay if they take care of three babies or will it be too much for them.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    They should be fine taking care of three babies. A very important thing for them however, is to make sure they have plenty of water while caring for their young.
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Jenny Mays - 2014-07-19
I noticed 3 days ago, a beautiful white dove perched on my shed. It has been here since. Every morning I go out and feed it. I first gave it a cornmeal and bread mixture, which it seemed to enjoy. My question is: 1. How do I encourage it to build a nest. 2. How do you identify the male from the female? I have only seen the one. I do not have interest in bringing it indoors ... but I do like the idea of it nesting in my yard. Any suggestions??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    What a pleasant surprise. However, with only one bird there won't be any breeding action. If a friend does show up, see the breeding section in the Dove and Pigeon Care guide, the link to it is at the bottom of the intro section above.
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Mary - 2014-07-16
We have had our ring-neck dove, Lovey Dovey, for 25 years! We know he/she is getting old -flew into our Mn.yard, so don't really know how old he is….LD's beak worries us, as it gets off kilter -top longer than bottom -any advice about clipping it,etc? Worry lately about ability to pick up seeds…we feel LD will outlive us.:) Thanks, Mary

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    You could take your bird to an avian veterinarian to have the beak clipped, or you can trim the beak back yourself. The nice thing about visiting a vet, is they can show you how to trim the beak and then you can get bird clippers at a pet store. If there is a bird farm in your area, they can also show you how to trim the beak. Though vets and bird farms will probably clip very thoroughly, if doing it yourself, I recommend only clipping a little at a time, then clipping again as needed.
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Winny - 2013-04-12
My neighbor has several dozen doves in an enclosure. They coo 24 hours a day. It is not a loud sound, but, a sound that I would prefer not to hear 24 hours a day. Is there anything that I, or my neighbor, could do to give me some relief from the constant cooing? This has been my world for 20-30 years and I am just wanting to hear the other birds in the area and/or a bit of silence when I am in my yard.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Well, doves will be doves. Not sure that you can change their behavior, maybe the neighbor could move the dove cote to the other side of their yard.
  • JJCAPECOD - 2014-05-21
    I am so sorry but I am reading this and need to add. I live in a suburban neighborhood - our houses are on 1/3 acre lots - I've been here 27 years, paid my mortgage almost to ownership and my neighbor keeps pigeons, doves, ducks and chickens. The singular ringneck dove is relentless, non-stop repetitive noise all. day. long. I am a bird lover- I have feeders and houses for the wild birds. I will spend hours photographing and recording wild birds - there is not one video or recording that doesn't have the ringneck cooing over and over. None of our wild species do this repetitive noise ALL. DAY. LONG. I understand how everyone loves their pets. but this is just a horrible way to live for those of us living close enough to have to listen to this. To me there is a level of cruelty here. The bird wants something. Wild birds are repetitive until they find their mate etc. and don't stay in one place while doing it. There is no resolution to this doves's constant cooing in a repetitive three notes. I realize this is a forum for dove lovers and keepers, but to me this non-stop calling is not only cruel the neighbors, but to the bird itself.
  • Etherealred - 2014-06-17
    JJCAPECOD: You are actually incorrect on that when it comes to doves. Doves coo-- repetitively in one place as you have described-- when they are happy, content, nesting, about to settle in for a nap, and feeling secure. Sorry Winny, but no, there is nothing you or your owner can do about the cooing. Doves have several kinds of coos and they all serve a purpose.
  • Coocooclock - 2014-06-22
    Hey my names Ashley I have two ringneck doves tangerine I guess they have one baby it's about three weeks old he's already flying they have a pretty decent size cage it's only the mailed it really seems to have a cooling problem I don't really mind it and he only coups really at sunrise and if he starts going off during the day if we just you know tell him Sheanshang stop you usually stop I know we give them lots of love and stuff there very tame very sweet. This is their first baby so we intend on keeping it Eastphal to the bars and is basically the size of a dime when it hatched so I was handling it hands-on allots pulling out from the grade somebody back under its mother and father but it seemed to handle that just fine really I mean it seems actually love me more because of that he's pretty big at this point but yeah the only problem I have is the egg problem I think I should maybe get some plastic eggs so. Laying eggs on time because Chesnee these birds aren't fertilized turtle Gatts
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Tamara Hoole - 2014-06-15
My husband and I became the proud owners of 2 white ringneck doves. They are 7 weeks old and we named them Lou & Sue. My question is at what age do they start cooing?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    I'm not certain of the age, but I do know that the male will definitely start cooing when he is ready to breed. They are sexually mature and ready to start breeding as early as 6 months of age.
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Derik - 2014-01-02
Hello. I'd like to thank you for the wonderful information you've provided! I'm interested in getting a pair of doves, but I first had some questions to which I can't seem to find any answers: Firstly, are Diamond Doves messy? I understand that they eat entire seeds, so there aren't any hulls to scatter about. However, I'd have to house them in a cage within my house, as it's a condo and there's no room for an aviary. Will I have to worry about seeds and excrement flying out of the cage and onto the floor/walls? If so, are there any suggestions for preventing this, such as a small plastic 'wall' around the bottom perimeter of the cage? Secondly, I understand they are social birds, and should be kept in pairs. I'm not certain that I'm ready for the plunge into breeding. Would it be okay to have two of the same gender? If so, would two females or two males be most wise? Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    Thanks for your nice remarks about our site, much appreciated:)



    The Diamond Doves are wonderful birds to keep, and are actually pretty clean compared to other seed eaters. But your idea of a plastic 'wall' around the bottom perimeter can help as well. Although a male/female pair is ideal, they can be kept as same sex pairs to avoid breeding. Getting two males is the best to avoid breeding behaviors.
  • Suzy - 2014-06-13
    I have a pair and yes there are some seeds on the floor but its the feathers! The entire floor is covered with itty bitty little feathers! That seems to be the only mess there is.
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