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anonymous - 2013-10-31
Hi, i have 2 diamond doves. One is white in color and the other is sort of bluish. The person at the pet store said they are young and would look like other doves when they grow up. I would like a pair but i am still unable to determine their gender. I dont know their ages. Can someone help me in finding out their ages. And how long will it take to be sure of their genders. By the way i bought them a week ago. :) thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-01
    They told you they are 'young' but you'll need to ask the people you got them from for an exact age if you need one.  They can be sexed at about 6 months of age and the 'Breeding/Reproduction' section above provides answers to your questions.
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Louise - 2013-10-26
My female dove has laid an egg and she is holding her head beneath her body is this normal? She shakes a bit too. I was wondering if maybe she is getting ready to lay another egg. If anyone has info please contact me at weezie48@hotmail.com. Thank You.

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Michelle - 2013-10-16
Hello, new to this site and could really use some help, I found a beautiful white dove and so sweet by a ditch at a local Walmart. I brought her or him home and have been trying to bond with her...I've gone on different sites to get more knowledge of white doves and give her the proper care. I've tried everything, she won't let me scratch her head she's only coo'd twice or so that I know of, she's very skittish, she shakes if I get too close but also this is not always... She seems to really respond to high pitch talking and she's played with my earring while it was in my hand... She's ate out of my hand etc. I'm not sure and don't want to push her, I've tried to feed her bread and nothing... Idk what I'm doing wrong please help?

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  • Louise - 2013-10-24
    I had the same problem with my female dove but I was just patient and she finally started coming and landing on my shoulder and even now when I go to pet her she shys away but then comes back. Mine just laid her first egg today so I am excited to see what goes from here. I am also new at raising doves I have a male and a female. My male was easier to train. But like I say just be patient and keep trying she will come around.
  • Louise - 2013-10-26
    I had the same problem with my female just be patient and she will bond with you it takes time but she will.
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Richard Sage - 2011-03-09
We have a white ringneck dove that is about 11 months old. We just found out it was a female when she laid an egg, then 2, 3 and now 4. She has only taken to 1, the last. Will the egg produce a baby seeing she is the only bird with no mate?

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-09
    No, the egg will not produce a baby. Your dove must have a mate to fertilize the egg, otherwise it cannot hatch.
  • dot - 2012-01-18
    The eggs have to be fertilized or they will not hatch.
  • Harry Davis - 2013-10-20
    Not usually, the egg has to be fertile to hatch babies. She will have to have a mate for her eggs to be fertile.
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janet - 2013-10-11
My female white ring neck dove has a open wound on her stomach, does anyone know how I can care for the wound at home, do not have the funds to see the vet. Any help is very much appreciated, we lost our last female the same way and did take her to the vet.. Thanks Jan

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Louise - 2013-02-05
I have a male white dove and i am having a hard time getting him to bathe. He loves to in the summer but now what winter is here hes not fond of it at all. Funny thing he will let me bathe him with a washcolth. Would it be ok to use Dawn dishwashing liquid to help remove some strains he gets from walking under things like bits of dust on his feathers. Any advice you could give me would be helpful. He is such a loving pet i want to make sure i am caring for him properly. Thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-06
    Personally I would just stick with water. Although Dove is a pretty mild detergent, I would be hesitant of stripping the feathers too severely of and natural protective dander.
  • rachel haris - 2013-02-12
    I also have 2 white doves who do not like to bathe. I occasionally stand them in about 1 inch of warm water and wash their bottoms with my hand then they had enough of that I then get a spray mist bottle and mist them lightly. After this very quick encounter they are mad at me for days the ends of their tails and the males tummy are a little gray it's bothersme because they are my babies and I want them to feel clean. I heard that a tiny dab of johnsons baby shampoo would work well not rubbed into the skin but gently massaged over soiled feathers snd rinsed very well in sink with a thin stream of water. I would never use dawn on doves too harsh and difficult to rinse out also johnsons baby bar soup.
  • Louise - 2013-08-29
    Thanks so much for the information I did try the spray bottle and he does like his feet done. So that worked for me. Thanks again for your support.
  • Louise - 2013-09-13
    Also if anyone knows anything on nesting for doves I would love to hear your comments.
  • rozie stout - 2013-10-06
    I'm pretty sure doves have a special oil within them and the oil cleans them from the inside out. The reverse of my birds. I raise parakeets, cockatiels, and canaries. They bathe in water I'm going to check on this I know I read this somewhere. Rozie
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Carolyn - 2013-09-23
I won two Daimond Doves at the Harvest Festival at my church today. There is also 4 eggs. I have no idea how old they are or what to do if they hatch any babies? Any help would be great. Thanks so much!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-23
    For information on their breeding see the Dove and Pigeon Care page under breeding here: Breeding/Reproduction. Hope this helps get you started in the right direction:)
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Louise - 2013-09-13
I have a male and a female white dove and I believe they are trying to mate. Sometimes they peck each other and I'm wondering if that is in their mating act or what? They don't seem to hurting each other. If I could get some comments to help me on how this mating process is done I would appreciate it. Thank You.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-13
    Doves can become territorial if there is not enough room - but if you just have the single pair in a fairly large cage, I'm guessing that's not what is going on. If they don't seem to be hurting each other then it is probably just playful pecking. Most doves mate for life. Provide an open nesting box or container with grass and/or twigs as the nesting material. If they have a nest and mate, then the female will lay 2 eggs and then both parents will take turns incubating them for 2-3 weeks. Also make sure your birds are at least 6 months old before trying to mate them!
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Louise - 2013-08-29
I have two white doves a male and a female. I am wondering what materials to use to build the nest so they can mate and have their babies? Any ideas would be greatly appreicated.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-31
    You will want to provide some sort of open container and put twigs, grass and other soft materials in there for them to use.
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Solly - 2013-08-24
Hello, I have a pair of diamonds, they're laying eggs for a while, but none has hatched till now. They're sitting on the eggs well and taking turns, but none of them hatched. I gave them all the vitamins and calcium. Is it because I keep them inside the house? How can I raise the humidity in the cage? I have air conditioning running all the time, and I put the cage away from the vent. I don't know what else to do to hatch the eggs? Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-08-27
    Although these little birds can have a few hit-and-miss starts when they are new at breeding, they usually quickly figure it all our. So I'm wondering if you are you certain you have a male/female pair.
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