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Janek Kazimer - 2009-07-26
I have a Tangerine Ringneck and it doesn't shut the heck up! I love him/her to death, but oh god, I need some sleep. I don't know what sex it is, but mine has a girl's name (Lyia) and since it never laid an egg, I usually refer to the bird as a him.
Beautiful bird, love the wings. Absolutely adore them. Often times i let him take a bath just so he'll stretch that wing out and i find myself just staring at them.
I've had him about 9 years and he was an abandonee. I worked at a petstore with a friend and one day this bird showed up in the store's aviary-she said "i dont know, he was just there one day" I adopted him because i wanted a dove so bad, my father raised them and i just grew up listening to that coo sound as a baby. So i took the bird home but needed a cage. My friend said her mother had recently had a bird and had the extra cage and she gave it to me.
Shortly after i wound up moving in with that friend from the petstore (and her mother), and of course I brought my bird. Oh, was that a nightmare! It kept my new roommates up, they curse him, they wanted me to get rid of him-- and when her mom finally said "oh no, not that bird again!" i inquired to only learn that it was her mother who abandoned the bird at the petstore in the first place! So of all people to adopt the bird she tried to get rid of it was me and i moved it right back into the house and into the exact same cage!
The bird is a survivor. Three times he was attacked by my friend's evil cat, once so bad it required a trip to the vet. The cat's claw sliced open its neck and i scooped it up holding him, thinking he was not long for this world. His blood squirted out in a pulse along with his heartbeat. I was terribly upset--but he didnt die. It been about 7 years since that incident and he's missing a patch of feathers in his neck so when he puffs up to sing its really obvious.
Me and my bird moved out some years later and he enjoys a much larger cage now and alot of out-of-cage time. He's very good at being in the house in general and we often let him out for days. We put his seed dish right with the cat's and the two of them will eat side by side. I've seen the bird snuggle into the cat while she's sleeping. In the spring/fall we'll set his cage on the backporch on cloudy days (bright sun just seems so bad for him) so he can get fresh air.
As much as i can't wait for him to shut up every night, i'll miss him terribly when he his gone.

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marcia - 2009-07-21
@Marissa It's July so you may not need another d. dove by now, but I have lots and I am in Metropolis. Call Marcia at the Village Groomers.

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Tammy - 2009-07-11
I FOUND 2 BABY MOURNING DOVES ON 7/1/09 THEY WERE ABOUT 1 1/2 WKS OLD AND I HAND FED THEM BREAD MIXED WITH MILK AND THEY WERE KIND OF BALD BUT NOW THEY ARE FULLY FEATHERED AND WANT TO FLY BUT I CLIPPED THEIR WINGS SCARED THEY WOULD LEAVE ME AND FLY AWAY WITCH ONE OF THEM DID 7/9/09 AT 8:30 IN THE MORNING AND CAME BACK HOME TO ME AT 3:30 IN THE AFTERNOON. I'M NOT TO SURE HOW TO TAME THEM OR WHAT TO DO WITH THEM. ONE IS REALLY SHY N LETS ME PICK IT UP AND HOLD IT BUT THE OTHER ONE IS VERY HYPER N JUST WANTS TO FLY AND GO CRAZY (THATS THE ONE THAT FLEW AWAY) I NAMED IT TROUBLE.THEY HAVE GROWN SO MUCH SOOO FAST I BOUGHT A HUGE CAGE BUT I'M NOT SURE IF I SHOULD KEEP THEM CAGED OF LET THEM FREE. I DON'T WANT TO BE SELFISH. CAN THEY LIFE A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE DOMESTICATED?

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Angela - 2009-06-22
I have a ringneck dove that fell off the powerline in back of our house. I'm not sure if it got shocked or not but am trying my best to care for it (rehabilitate I suppose is the right word). All we have is chicken feed and wheat berries. I was thinking of trying to give it a cherry and/or a blackberry just to try to get it to eat something. I can't tell if it's eating or drinking. It doesn't coo but just sits in the box blinking. It's mate still is hanging around our yard - just looking for advice... :)

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Kathryn - 2009-06-01
To tell male from female, feel for the pinfeathers at either side of the anus. The females' are wider (to let the eggs out).

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Janice - 2009-05-10
As I walked thru my backyard to get the morning paper one white dove flew up from the bushes to the roof. It sat there and was not afraid. I was pleasantly surprised to see it. This is a first for me. I hope it sticks around.

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Lorrie - 2009-05-02
Recently I received an e-mail with the sad news of the passing away of a dear friend. Morning finally arrived after a difficult night and a pure white dove came to eat from a dish of bird feed we keep for the morning doves. She was a thing of beauty; not at all common here in Southern AZ and she gave me a feeling of peace. She still comes in the afternoon to eat and is not frightened if I come near her as I water my plants as she sits on our wall warming herself. I feel blessed.

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Mary - 2009-04-26
Two snow white doves appeared in my backyard about a month ago. They are now nesting in my Elm tree over the driveway. I can see the nest out my kitchen window. We've fed birds for about 20 years now and this is the first time for the white doves. I hope they are successful with their babies. How cool it would be to have more of these beautiful birds.

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Laura - 2009-04-21
I am seeing a single white dove in my back yard on a regular basis. But it is large like a seagull, is this possible...and to be only one, vs pair??....I am not 100% sure it is a dove, but it looks like one, and the only thing that has me scratching my head is the size of it. I have no idea what else it could be. Any suggestions??

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  • Darlene - 2010-03-17
    It sounds like it is a white homing pigeon. These are the "white doves" that they release at weddings and funerals.
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Issac - 2009-04-12
Kayla if you are sure that it is a female laying eggs, I would move her into a good sized cage with her mate. After she has laid her eggs check them a week later by looking at them in the light and you should see red veins in the eggs. If they are not fertile you will need to change the male, cause if she lays eggs then she is fertile but the male may not be. FYI they do better breeding when they all have their own nest boxes. Or if you want to make sure of the parents put them in their own cages when you want to breed. Hope this helps.

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