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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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graham - 2010-07-03
Two years ago we had doves build a nest under the eaves of the house and the nest was unused for just over eighteen months but this month doves are now using the nest, I wonder could this be the offspring off the other two doves, Could you tell me which doves cry is my toe cried betty oh!

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  • Andrea - 2012-11-21
    It's possible, but not too likely. Most likely they were just birds looking for a free nest.
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susie - 2012-11-13
I have had 3 ringneck doves within the past 6 months get a limping then useless leg. 2 have died. Last one is still alive but why is this happening? The cage and flight are safe and I can't figure out how they get this ailment. No apparent injusry is visible. Just limp useless leg and foot.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-13
    I think this is one for a vet. If it was just one dove, my guess would be that somehow the dove sprained his leg but three - that seems a little too coincidental. Could be gout or there is something called bumblefoot (which is a nutritional problem also). You should not be using smooth doll rods for perches (just in case you are) as they are so smoothe and round the bird has to grip too tightly and will frequently cause problems with foot or legs. I think you should take this last one to the vet and have blood work done.
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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! (ukqt40@aol.com)
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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
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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.
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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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