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Nettie S. - 2012-10-27
A white dove showed up at our house one day and has stayed here because we have bird feeders in our yard. I was wondering what we could do for it during the winter as far as housing. I would prefer not to try and bring it inside but I didn't know if there was a way to keep it safe outside during the harsh winter weather.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-27
    Doves can be housed outside as long as the aviary is dry, insulated, draft free, and placed in a sunny location.
  • lynne trowern - 2012-11-12
    Hey Nettie...where do you live? I live in Issaquah Highlands.  My dove escaped in october this year around the time you posted your comment! she never returned. I am about to go buy another dove, as her male mate misses her! (
darlene kirkpatrick - 2011-09-16
I have ring neck doves. All are between 6-8 years old. one of my females has been falling. I find her on her back struggling to get up and have to turn her over. does anyone have any idea what might be wrong with her? she seems ok otherwise.

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  • rachel harris - 2012-10-20
    Can she walk ok?no sprained or broken toes or legs?how is her appetitehopefully not a nuerological disorder brain related maybe she should see a vet please let me know how how she is thank you
Angie - 2012-10-14
One of my white doves is looking a bit shabby, when do they stop moulting?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Pigeons and doves can molt once a year though doves most often molt every other year. They usually do it towards the end of the summer. When the molt starts, it usually just replaces a few feathers at a time, not all at once. It starts with the wing feathers, the body molts throughout the period, and the tail feathers molt last. Sometimes there can be a radical molt, where a bunch of body feathers drop leaving a bald spot for a short period of time. The molt can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Hot weather may also cause them to molt, or remove some pin feathers.
Angie - 2012-10-08
I've now hand reared 2 white doves, I saved from getting eaten from the farm cat. They are very different to each other and may well keep them.

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Ann - 2012-10-08
Hello! I have a bourke parakeet, and my daughter just got a ringneck dove. Right now we have them in seperate parts of the house, but I was wondering if we kept them in the same room (separate cages, of course) could they provide company for each other when we're gone during the day? They're both males. We're also concerned that they might bond with each other, and I'll lose my bond with my bourke and my daughter won't be able to develop a bond with her new ringneck. Do any of you experienced bird keepers know? Thanks in advance for any advice.:)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-08
    I've had a minimum of 4 and maximum of 15 diferent parrots in the same room in thie own cages.  They would come out of their cages during the day and onto their own perches.  They were pets and remained pets.  Some played together and were friends but they stayed pets.  When I had one parrot in one room or the same species as another in the other room - somehow they did find each other and bonded.  As long as they have their own cage and you give them attention - they should go along with you being their mate.
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NAQIB - 2012-08-24
Hi everyone. I have a pair of diamond doves. But i a m having problems. They get afraid of me when I am removing their food dishes and they fly at different directions. SO can you please advise me how I can make them more friendly to me so that they stop being afraid of me? and please help me, what kind of nesting materials should I give. And if there's anyone from bangladesh please write the bengali name too. THANK YOU!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-25
    Go very slow and as you get close to their cage, talk to them.  Let them know in a soft voice you are there and tell them what you are doing.  'I am changing your water or I am cleaning or I am getting you fresh food'  They understand a lot more than you think they do.  Move your hand slowly.  I have said frequently - 'what would you feel like if KING KONG came into your bedroom at night and stuck his big hand in your room.   So go slow, talk to them and you can just hold your hand by their cage and not move it or just move one finger.  You can give them little treats with your hand - try initially through the bars and just drop it into the food dish.  They like millet, hulled sunflower, little pieces of apple.  Then feed the treat to them with the cage door open.  It may take awhile but they will get used to you and adjust and be friendlier.  Bedding - I like to put about an inch or two of sand in the bottom as a safety precaution against broken eggs by accident.  Then I like to place another 2 - or more inches of carefresh on top of the sand.  I'd throw a few twigs from a fruit tree or few pieces of paper towel into the cage so they can sorta 'make their nest' also.
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-23
    I made a nest for their breeding with a earthen pot ( open nest, the top is open) and filled it with dried grass but I still don't see the male to do the mate-cooing. And I am not sure about their sex. Please tell me what should I do cause I am still not getting any eggs and it never sits on the bowl but always on the seed dish and also please help me to determine thier sex. And if you know their breeding season than it would be of great help.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-24
    You should be able to tell the difference - a lot easier if you have more than two though.  Read the above Animal World Article and look at the difference between the sexes.  Males head is darker and chest and eye ring is larger.  Males do the majority of the cooing but yours aren't doing that.  If they look the same and no cooing then possibly two females.  However, they are also young and right now it is sorta the end of the breeding season which should start again in Feb.  By April or so - you will know what you have cuz they will both lay eggs (both females) or they will have fetile eggs and male courtship will  be more ovcious.  Put some sand inthe bottom of the nest though - just grass and you might have broken eggs.  I'd use a carefresh or even pine shavings with some grasss - cuz grass just gets hard and brittle and eggs will break. You can leave the grass on the bottom of the cage and let themmake the nest. with sand and/or pine shavings in the bowl. 
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-24
    Thanks for your help. Does the male do the 'bow-cooing' before mating? Because I just received news when I got home that the male was 'bow-cooing'. But there is a problem one of the DD. I don't know of which gender it is , it just sits on the food dish even there is a nest. I really need your help on this one. And by the way what should I do when the eggs hatch (if it hatches), the chicks won't be able to fly because my cage is of size 18'X7'X5'. Something like this big.
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-05
    Don't wear any shade of bright red or a billed cap - like a baseball cap. Ours freak when we do.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-25
    Here's a link for a pretty good diamond dove set up - not  great as I believe still a little small when breeding or for appropriate excercise but OK
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-29
    Mr. Roche, thank you for your help. You see there another problem ( I always have problems) I have two pair of budgies but the sad thing is that both the females flew away and so I planned to buy both a female but I got only one, however they haven't been friendly but they have been always fighting. It has been only one day. I bought it. Help me if you have a solution
Suzanne Dunham - 2012-08-15
Just wondering if anyone knows why the color red makes the doves go crazy. If I come into the room with anything red, they go ballistic. Any ideas out there?????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-15
    I have absolutely no idea but your doves aren't the only ones.  If ANY of my birds see a person with bright red hair - they go completely nuts.  They scream holler - run/fly from the room as if they are seeing a machine gun or something.  I have learned to never wear a red shit and under absolutely no circumstances is anyone allowed to wear a hat when being introduced.  Now, I could say the birds I have right now are or were exposed to something that bothered them that was red.  However, I had many birds and they were all afraid of red and hats.  Zupreme pellets - they would even throw the red ones out.  If you ever find out - please let me know.  I love these scientists that try and tell us that birds don't see color.
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-05
    Yep! Our diamond doves, we have had 3 of them, are afraid of us when we wear red, bright pink, or orange. They also hate hats with bills like baseball hats. Our theory is that since doves have been hunted for years by hunters wearing bright reddish colors that they somehow know this. Regarding the billed caps we think our doves believe we are going to peck them when we wear billed hats - like a bird does with it's bill - and ours is a BIG BILL!
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Courtney Hennes - 2011-12-31
I have a morning dove that was found outside it was a baby hatched on my roof but it was a fledgling. I noticed but still picked it up I am 12 years old but know more about animals than most people and successfully raised the baby. And yes I tried to put it back but the mother flew away the baby now has all its spots flies and eats well but how do I tell its gender. Please help I want to breed it

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-31
    That is sure one of the most difficult to determine the sex. The only accurate way is through DNA sexing. You can send for a DNA sexing kit in an ad from the back of Bird Talk Magazine. I believe it is $25.00. You have to ckip a toenail a little too short or pull a feather. No, they don't really like it but it is fast and then you can hold it. Another choice is get 3 more and see who pairs. Then you know whether to get more boys or gals.... I am being funny but it's an idea.
Mary A Hanson - 2012-06-07
HELP the neighbors just brought me a baby mouring dove, the mother kept shoving it out of the nest and then took off with it's siblings and left this, one on the ground. What do I feed this baby? It has all it's feathers and tried to fly out of the box, we have too many feral cats to just leave fend for it's self. Where would I get mealworms, it's 8pm what can I do tonight?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-07
    Don't get upset - it will be OK.  You can use a spoon and just give him a few drops of water.  Just sorta lay a couple of drops of water onto his tongue.  For tonight, you can feed him any kind of cereal - oatmeal, creme of rice etc with a spoon. Even mashed up soup. He is little and sure not going to eat more than a tablespoon full a couple of times.  You don't need worms. Just lay the slightly warm cereal (or food) on his tongue using a spoon.  If you have to open his beak with your hand to do this - that is OK.  He might sorta like a baby spit it back up till he figures out how to swallow but it will get you through the night.  He is not going to starve in one day.  Tomorrow you can get baby formula and bird see for doves - or use cockatiel mix.  You can feed him the baby formula and you can use baby food or mashed up sweet potatoes.  You can then look for a rehab facility or take it to Animal Control.  You can put him on a towel in the shower or bathroom for the evening. 
  • Mary A Hanson - 2012-06-07
    What kind of baby food, vegetables, fruits ,rice cereal?
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Marco Salvatori - 2009-02-24
One of my pets died and I wanted another pet. I looked up doves and pigeons on google. It came up with this website so I looked through it and found this beautiful, cute old german owl dove. I was captivated by this bird and immediately I decided on this for my 12 birthday present. These birds look amazing. And Animal-Word I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE!


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