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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.
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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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Diego - 2012-03-03
Hi! I'm Diego, from Argentina. I've recently found a doves pigeon half buried in mud after a storm. To my surprise it was alive and healthy! I brought it home and I've been trying to feed it. During the first week I fed it on a cereal mix for babies which I bought in the supermarket guessing it was about one week old (I searched for pics on the web). I just put the mix with water into a syringe and fed it directly into its mouth. Then I added some seed mix for birds to the diet, but now feeding him (or her) is getting difficult, for it doesn't want to be fed directly and tries to help itself. The problem is that after several attempts it doesn't really get to eat much and I see It is not eating at least the half it used to. I'm worried because I don't know how to do it right and I really want it to get rid from my help as soon as it will be able to. Thanks a lot and sorry for my English. demochila@yahoo.com.ar

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-03
    Birds when they start to wean (start to eat a little on their own) get a little independent. Let them eat as much as they can on their own but have them go to bed with a full belly. So just start to feed him right before he or you goes to bed. If you think he is eating enough - just do that. Otherwise just give him a little bit with the syringe during the day and then feed him mostly at night.
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teri - 2012-09-14
I have raised a mourning dove since it was only a few days old. It now is grown and eats seed really well. I have found that it likes cantalope is this normal?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-14
    Yes, it is normal.
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abhimanyu - 2008-07-12
Love your site. I always wanted to have a pigeon and I have fallen in love with these oriental ones. I was wondering if anyone can tell me about breeders in India and outside India. Thank you

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alisa redstone - 2010-12-22
Ok at lunch I found this mourning dove and it wasn't really able to fly and it was lopsided. I have no idea what's wrong with it so I'm trying to google things to help it. I caught it and it is now in a small cage. I need suggestions on how to help it so it can be released and have a chance to live. Anything would help.

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blake - 2012-08-28
My diamond dove layed a egg but she won't sit on it but she does put alot of nesting around it. Is this normal or is the egg a dud an she doesn't care for it?  The second egg is usually laid with in two days.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-28
    Your dove will lay two (normally) eggs and she usually doesn't sit the eggs until both eggs are laid.  Nest prepartion, watching over the first egg, making sure that little egg is safe - she will do that but she won't actually start incubating until the second egg is laid. 
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-28
    So far she has only laid 1 egg an its been a day but now she is starting to incubate it will there be no second egg?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-28
    My guess is she is getting ready to lay the second egg - it jus that she happens to be laying the second egg where the first egg already is.  She can have only one but unusual.  So probably just laying the second egg.
  • Mauro - 2012-09-20
    Doves for the most part lay two eggs but is not unusual if they only lay one. From my experience the female will sit on the nest a day or two before layig the first egg and remain there. I have never seen any unattended eggs at all.
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janet - 2012-09-18
my female keeps scratching her head to the point that she has made her face looks pink and losing feathers my male seems ok. could she have mites ? i have bird protectors on their cage. any advice?? thanks janet

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-18
    It could be mites as these doves and pigeons are susceptible to several types of mites with a common culprite being  red mites. They can also get lice. It is debated whether those cage protectors do much good, even though they do contain an insecticide.  Red mites come out to feed  at night and crawl around on the skin or feathers at night. These mites especially like to feed  around the crest, which may explain the head scratching.



    The easiest way to find out if you have red mites is to cover the cage at night with a white sheet and then check it in the morning. The mites will look like tiny brown or red specks looking similar to a grain of pepper.  If you find you have mites you'll want to treat both the bird and its environment. These pests lay eggs too, so you'll have to treat long enough to catch newly hatched pests as well.



    There are basically three safe and effective types of treatment you can use for mites and lice. They include adding a Ivermectin type medicine to the drinking water, do an insectide treatment, and bath the bird. A natural insecticide is permethrin which can be found in a poultry powder or you can use Sevin Dust. Powder the bird as well moisten the powder to apply it to nest boxes and perches. For a bath you can use a few drops of flea and tick shampoo in bathing water and then follow up with multiple rinsings.



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