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Naqib - 2013-01-01
i have two dovs and recently i noticed both were females and it has been five months and both them bow coos to each other but none of them mates. i am thinking of pairing them with males. my question is if they will bond with the males.

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pieter - 2012-12-26
i am very interested in this spesific colour of dove do any one know where i can get one

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-26
    The Tangerine Ringneck Dove is fairly common, check with a local pet store that carries a variety of birds. The one pictured came from a birdfarm in southern California, but is not rare.
  • pieter - 2012-12-27
    thank you, im am living in south afrika gauteng. do you think i will get that colour here as well?
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kelly - 2012-12-26
how much is your white dove and is it a female

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Anonymous - 2012-12-10
I have a male and female diamond doves. Is it normal For them to go to the bathroom in their nest?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-12
    Yes
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Liz - 2012-12-10
I have a white female dove, she has been staying at the bottom of her cage for the last two weeks. I thought she may have been trying to lay an egg. She sometimes would do this when she was ready. She's eating and drinking as normal. She does not seem to be hurting or anything. Would any one have any ideas why? She is about 8 yrs old.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-10
    Usually if they are on the bottom, they are ill so you might want to take her to the vet.  Second thought is if she is on a smooth doll rod - their feet will cramp and they can't hold it.  I'd get a perch for her that is not smooth and you can take one from a fruit tree (safe).  You can use a branch from a poine tree or even oak.  Just wash it off throughly.  Doll rods - they always put them in cages but does serious hurt to parrots trying to hang on.  Next though is you say she laid an egg while on the bottom - again vet as maybe egg bound - could that be happening.  You could tell by the behavior -
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Cheryl - 2012-12-07
I have a female ringnecked dove that I have had for two years. She has never gotten friendly. She lays eggs regularly (which worries me as I think that might not be a good thing for her) and I leave them in the nest because I don't want her to keep laying eggs, however she just lays more. She tries to attack me when I feed her -- I get the impression she is very protective of her eggs. Wondering what to do about her aggression. should I remove the eggs? But wouldn't that cause her to lay more?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-07
    Leave the eggs there.  Not all of them but after 20 days or so you can remove the eggs.  Incubation is 1 - 15 days after last egg is laid so 20 days is a safe bet to remove the old eggs.  If you remove them as she lays them or shortly after, chances are she will lay more. Just me - but you might wish to consider trading this ring neck as obviously a breeder for a baby.  Just a thought.  Spring is coming up and breeder would obviously get a good producer and it just isn't a whole lot of fun to have an agressive bird.  You also might want to look at a conure - about the same price and a lovable friendly velcro bird tha thinks humans are a toy for them.  It is hard to go through the constand egg laying and removal etc. 
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Sal - 2012-11-02
Hi, I am glad I found this site it has been intresting reading all your comments. I to have a white dove with a black ring around its neck, it has been coming to my yard for a little over a year to feed at my bird feeders. At first he or she would coo outside in the tree till I would come out and through some cracked corn on the ground sometimes he would fly right to me as I was walking out to feed him and he would eat while I was out there, but now he is a little more wild and won't come down but still comes to feed and I hear him cooing near by. I was wondering how I can get him in a cage so I can take care of him. I live in the foothills about 65 miles from Yosemite and the winters can get cold, but he did survive last winter ok. How should I go about trying to cage him? Your comments will be appreciated. Thanks

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  • Brady - 2012-11-14
    I have 5 Ringneck doves, the fifth one I was able to cage him by continuing to feed him on a regular basis until he has regain your trust. It took me about a month. As I feed, he allowed me to get closer and closer each day. Do not make sudden moves or he might SPOOK, which causes him to lose a little trust. Anyway, I finally was able to drop feed in front of him and he forgot about me. After. A week he allowed me to touch him without trying to pick him up. Finally after 3 more weeks he allowed me to pick him up. I was so thrilled that I was able to gain his trust. I now keep him in a cage with my other two pair. I kept up the daily handling and I can now let Sammy out of his cage and he will follow me around the yard he will land on my head or at my feet signaling it is time for me to pick him up and put him in his pen with the others. It takes patience, but you can nab him/her and have a great friend. Let me know how you do.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-15
    If you have a cage then place the cage where the dove is normally eating the corn.  Put the corn inside the cage with a trail of corn going from the normal spot where he normally eats trailing into the cage.  Tie a string to the door.  When the dove goes into the cage to eat the corn, just pull the string to close the door.  The problem is catching the dove or seeing it when it is eating inside the cage.  You just place a trail of corn going up and into the cage and the dove will get used to the cage and follow the food.  One day, the dove will actually be in the cage eating, you will actually see him and get the door closed.  Good luck. 
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Helen - 2009-06-01
I just adopted 2 Diamond Doves and could not find a store that sells dove food!
I love them and I want to give them the best care! Can anyone answer my questions (I have a lot of them :)
What kind of food would you recommend for the Diamond doves?
I also do not know what is is "grit and cuttlebone" that they recommend here and were can I get it?
Do Diamond doves need a "shower"?
How long do they live?
Thank you, hope someone will be able to help me!
Helen

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  • Anonymous - 2012-05-30
    The diamonds are too small for reg dove food so I recomend using parakeet mix with egg protien.
  • Loyda Carlson - 2012-09-23
    Hello I thought I could help. I've been studying about diamond doves for a while now and I am also a proud owner of a pair. The food that is highly recommended for diamond doves would be finch seeds. Diamond Doves swallow their seeds whole and you wouldn't want to feed them a food that you would feed a cockatiel for example it would be too big. Also because they swallow their seeds whole you need to provide them with 'grit' which helps them digest the seeds better. It's very important. Grit is Oyster shells broken down into tiny little fragments. You can find the finch seed at your regular pet shops, the grit you can find online on Amazon or at a bird store. Diamond doves also love to eat fruits and vegetables. DO NOT FEED THEM AVOCADO OR TOMATOES for the are EXTREMELY POISONOUS TO THEM! My Diamond Doves love fresh spinach, cilantro, broccoli, anything green. becareful not to feed them too much lettuce for it will make their droppings very runny. If you're going to offer them the greenest ones, carrots would have to be shredded . They also love fruits. For treats offer them bread, millet spray one for each bird in the cage, hard boiled eggs with the shell which would have to be crushed down to tiny fragments for them. Cuttlebones offers great vitamins and minerals calcium etc. it also helps to keep their beaks trimmed. You can find these at Walmart along with pet shops as well. Diamond doves love to bathe at least mine do, so provide them with a bird bath so that they can bathe just becareful not to make the water too steep because they can drown. Just a little is sufficient enough for them to do what they have to do. Diamond Doves usually live for 10-15 years depending on the care that they receive. Good Luck I hope this helps out if you have anymore questions please feel free to write to me and I will be more than happy to help out as much as I can.
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nicky - 2012-11-27
I really enjoy your website I found a lot of good info on here . I have a question though , my dove doesn't seem to want to take a bath for some reason . I tried a few different size of bowls , a water sprayer that you would use for your hair and she just doesn't like it . She will get out of it or walk away and what temperature should the water be , cold , lukewarm?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-28
    Room temperature to luke warm.  Some birds do not like bathing - they just don't.  You can just spritz them down a few times a week by spritzing water over their head.  I have one that will only bathe and in her water bowl every time she hears the vacumn running.  I have one that pitches a fit so bad - I had one that would turn the faucets in the kitchen sink on and bathe herself.  They are so different but many just do not like it.  A quick few spritzes over the top of head works and they usually get used to it.
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Anonymous - 2012-11-27
I have a pair of diamond doves I bought from a Local pet store. The day after I got them I noticed A egg the mother dove never set on the egg for a couple days Then she began to. She now has totally come off the egg and does not set on it. Can someone tell Me if that's normal? It has only been 13 days since she layed it and she has been away from it for 2 days now.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-27
    Most parrots do not actively incubate or sit the eggs until all the eggs are laid.  Diamond doves usually lay two eggs and so she didn't bother sitting the one egg.  However they normally hatch after 13 - 15 days and so mom sorta is bored or realizes egg is infertile.  You can just toss it out.  It takes a couple of clutches for a pair to really figure out what they are doing.  Learning experience for all. 
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-27
    I went to toss it out and the egg has a piece missing. I can see the baby but mom is not responding to it . Can I do anything to help it?
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