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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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Amy - 2013-08-01
I have a male and female ringneck dove that had a baby about 3 weeks ago. I have a medium size aviary for only the three of them. Can the baby stay in with them or will I eventually have to separate the baby from the parents? Thanks much!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-01
    As long as they are getting along fine, you could leave them together. My main concern would be if the parents have another clutch and continue to breed, it could become overcrowded. But they may not if they feel too confined.
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Tahsha Franklin - 2013-07-29
In 2006 I acquired 6 Diamond Doves and 2 White Ring necks. Now I have 30 Diamonds and 20 White Ring necks, I love and know them all but I have become overwhelmed. I'm not well enough to care for them as before. The Diamonds are very scary birds with fragile bodies. It's hard to find homes for them - loving knowledgeable owners. I must start planning for their future. I need help! I'm in Orlando, Fl. Any suggestions, questions, offers, info.???? Most of what is on line refers to birds that have homing skills or live outdoors. Mine have been raised inside in flight cages, 2 per cage. Thanks even for prayers.

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Jacki - 2013-07-18
I found a white dove on the side of the road about 3 years ago and I am trying to find out some information about doves (hense the interest in this site). He has some behavioral problems such as biting and I think this may be why he was abandoned. I am working on this, but I believe he was abused by former owners. He does want to be near me and play with me, but he just seems to peck me for no apparent reason. He'll be playing, then for some reason (?) he just starts to attack. He is aggressive with other people, but I believe, like I said, this may have to do with trust issues from a prior owner. I need to learn more about him, to find out what sort of 'goodies' I caan reward him with to help with this problem. He is very smart and likes to say good morning, and growls at the door with the dogs when someone comes. I guess he wants to protect me! With a little more information, I'm sure I can help him with his trust issues. If anyone has any ideas, please reply to thiss post. I will check back periodically. Thank you, Jacki.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-07-26
    homo-preening

    These types of doves are known to have a rather aggressive and territorial nature, known to defend their mate. They will contest other doves, but will also engage in hetero-preening (preening another) or nibbling a partner. From your description I'm guessing it is some sort of control behavior. It doesn't sound like aggression, as aggressive behavior includes an attack posture (head low and drawn close to the body), a rush, and often a challenging note. It may simply be looking at you as its mate!

    These birds can begin to have behavioral changes when they are kept singly. Some pecking behaviors are learned and very hard to change. One suggestion that I've heard can sometimes help is to provide a mirror. This has been known to help with perceived companionship and they will often love it, though they may then tend to stay by the mirror a lot.
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Lisette A. Olson - 2013-07-07
I am caring for a white with black neck & chest pigeon/dove. It was found in a parking lot approaching people looking for food. It was quite friendly. My daughter brought it to me due to my experience with birds. As much experience as I have I'm concerned I might be missing something important in the care. I have purchased several types of seed & it's eating happily. Making a mess by tossing the least favorite seeds everywhere. I've been reading everything I can find but not being sure of breed has me concerned I may be missing something. There is no band. It has red legs & is simply beautiful. I'd appreciate any input. It's most important to me to be SURE my bird is getting Everything it NEEDS. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you. God bless, Lisette.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    I think you are doing the best you can for the bird. Most pigeons and doves have similar needs in terms of nutrients. Buying a variety of seed mixes and offering them simultaneously is a good idea to make sure he/she is getting proper nutrition. Is there someplace you could bring it to determine for sure what breed you have? Such as a wild bird conservatory, or even a zoo of some sort?
  • Lissel - 2013-07-20
    We rescued a baby dove with a wing defect and like you fed seed mixes (canary-finch mix was recommended). 2 years later and we have converted her to pet crumbles for parrots/doves. Vet said they're much better for them, more complete nutritionally, and per the promotional materials we have found she wastes much less, eats every crumb, and no more seed everywhere! She's gained weight and we are hoping to avoid vet bills for repeat crop infections she was suffering. Hope this helps. P.S. took 3 days to change her eating, and now she loves the stuff.
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Iv - 2009-01-21
White Doves attract rats. This has been attested by our near neighbour. Not only that but their dropppings are a health hazard, not to mention the damage to rooves.
Their inane cooings are insufferable. Bring on the Sparrowhawks i say!

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  • A.Murphy - 2010-07-19
    How narrowminded. Too bad. Inane cooings?
  • Gina (aka Poobear The Texas Polar Bear :-) - 2010-09-04
    What a horrid way to look at the beautiful white dove. It is only natural that they have droppings as any bird does and not any bird has a pleasant dropping or considered to be healthy as far as walking in them. As for the cooing, it is beautiful and as with all birds unique sounds(chirps, tweets and peeps) is designed by God. I have owned my gorgeous white dove "Diamond Girl" for many years and she is nothing less than a pure delight. As for rats, I supposed anything that has droppings could attract them but I have never had a problem with my "D.G" attracting rats or any type of vermin or insects. Doves are a blessing from God as are all birds and animals. You're comment to bring on the Sparrow Hawks is very uncaring and inhumane. A person that owns a white dove loves them just as people love any type of animal that they are blessed to have in their lives.
  • lola norris - 2010-12-07
    From viewing your comment, all i can say is "you do not know doves. " they are probably the most gentle bird out there and beauty to the eye. All birds have droppings. And the cooings are the best.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-21
    Not everyone likes the sound of doves. I have 5 and enjoy their sounds. I have had them for ten years and have not seen any rats. Perhaps your neighbor should acquire a cat to take care of the rat problem.
  • Devon - 2013-07-13
    Doves are known worldwide as the sweetest birds....and all birds have droppings.
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erica - 2013-01-17
If I do not want my doves to lay eggs right now, do I have to take out the male? If she already has laid can I take the eggs away or do I have to take the male away? Until I want her to lay? I would like them to stay together at all times!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-17
    If you do not want fertilized eggs you will want to separate your male and female. The female may still lay eggs but they will not fertilize and therefore will not hatch if there is no male. If she has already laid eggs they may be fertilized. If you take the eggs out and don't allow the doves to incubate them with their bodies they most likely will never hatch, but it would be better to just separate the male and female to keep from having fertilized eggs.
  • felix - 2013-06-22
    Well you could keep them together for ever, in puerto rico i had around 100 pigeons and they laid eggs everday...if i didnt want to have babies i would just remove the eggs from the nest...that it,  good luck...
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Phyllis Shapiro-Cash - 2013-06-08
A white dove flew onto my deck on Tues. and now returns several times a day. We were having dinner and she just perched on my husband's chair. 'She' eats from my hand and I've been feeding her dove birdseed from the pet store and some millet from the grocery. She appears to 'live' close by and is very tame and obviously used to people. I don't know where she was yesterday in all that rain. She's returned everyday sometimes several times each day since Tues. My grandchildren were feeding her and she landed on my granddaughter's shoulder! I wonder if she's living in one of my birdhouses but the openings are the usual size. How should I take care of her? I wonder if she's lost? Thanks for any input. Phyllis

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-08
    That sounds like a very nice bird indeed. It is curious that it is so friendly, and that does suggest that it may be a pet as these birds become very affectionate as pets. But where it came from is anyone's guess. There is some good information on foods and feeding, as well as housing and more for these types of birds on the Dove and Pigeon Care page, that should be of some help.
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Anonymous - 2013-05-31
I found a mourning Dove about 5 days ago and it's wing was hurt i think it was shot by a bb gun. I brought him in my house a lil high strung and calm at the same time beautiful it is indeed. Sad to see people purposely hurting animals.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-31
    So nice that you are able to help the little thing:)
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