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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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Linda burton - 2012-09-01
We have some doves about 15. Then one night they went off but come back during the day to feed and one pair have got eggs and sitting on them but we do not understand why the don't sleep here as they always did until about two weeks ago will they come back please x

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-01
    That seems to be a little reversed.  I normallyhear that the doves would go out during the day and roam around and come back to roost at night - you hva ethe opposite occuring.  They have obviously found what they believe to be a safer or better or high roosting place for night that they feel safe with.  They come home to feed during the day.  I do not know if come winter they will come back to roost or essentially you are feeding an acclimated but essentially free flock.  They might all be trying to build nests - possibly someone on this site has more knowledge that can help.  However, doves do and can fly free and flock.
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clint - 2012-08-31
My diamond dove layed 2 eggs this morning. I found one splattered on the bottom but it wasnt fertile. Did the parents kick it out? The nest is getting really big like over the top of the nest and they keep adding. Should I be worried or is this normal? What should I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-31
    Possibly the dove tossed the egg out but more likely is the mom dove thought she had to 'poop' or stepped outside the box and the egg got laid and splattered.  Not everything goes perfectly.  Possibly the nest box is too small or possibly you are giving them too much material to put into the nest - either way it is an easy solution.  My guess is the nest box is too small.  For dove nest boxes and possibly some ideas you can follow this link.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=dove+nest+box+size&qpvt=dove+nest+box+size&FORM=IGRE
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janet - 2012-05-07
If my doves eggs do not hatch after 21 days, what should i do with the eggs? the female is very,very protective of her eggs. it is her 1st eggs &she &her mate both sit on the eggs in thee nest. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-07
    Let her sit the eggs and usually they get bored with them. Dove eggs usually hatch at around 14 days so if you waited 17 days or so - then you can just remove the eggs and throw them out. Give them a new toy to play with - it would be nice.
  • damitamone - 2012-06-30
    My dove gets very depressed if I just throw her eggs away. No matter how long it takes I just wait for her to abandon the eggs before I remove them from the cage.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-26
    Well doves eggs are supposed to hatch 2-4 weeks I think some times theres not always something in the eggs. Some doves will lay 2 eggs and only 1 will hatch. That's normal. Just wait for the birds to leave there nest to get food or something and take the eggs to the trash, the worst the bird can do is peck you but there beaks are really soft so it wont hurt. HOPE THIS HELPED:)))
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-31
    Thanks for your input, she keeps laying I let her sit on them for a very long time now the eggs are empty again. 3 in her nest, 1 from the time before the last 2. I have done everything I have read and tried all suggestions. She just keeps laying unfertile eggs. thanks all janet
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-31
    Got it now.  You said 3 in her nest?  Doves lay two.  You have two females.  They both think they are 'mating' and they are both laying.  Separating them might help but probably you are going to have to get two males (if you wish to breed) or possibly you can swap a female for a male.  It is too many eggs - so I am about 95% sure you have two females.  In any case you will have to separate them.  I am sorry cuz I know hard cuz they obviously like each other but it just won't be good for them.   So two males (and I know how do you find two males?) that is difficult.  Two males or swap one female out for a male.  Accuracy in sexing can really only be done through DNA sexing.   
  • alyssa - 2012-08-28
    Actually, I have a vision impairment, and there are two ways I can sex doves... (a) Feel the breast bone, if it is nice and curvy, and has what feels like little lumps (thats actually bone/reproductive glands etc), that's a female... a male has a distinct flat breast bone. (b) listen to the pitch of the cooing, if you have a very hooty high-pitched sound, you have a female.. A more deep-throated sound is coming from a male. I have only once been wrong about this and that's because of my own error, I wasn't listening and feeling properly.
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Claire - 2010-08-28
Hello,
I am considering getting a diamond dove as a pet. My boyfriend has parakeets (budgies) who are loud and squawky, and I can't stand them. I read on a diamond dove website that they can be very noisy as well. Do you find this to be true? I recently met a parakeet who was very sweet and quiet, and the people at the pet store said it was because they had gotten him super young, and the manager had been training him. Should I try to get a very young dove as opposed to buying an adult in the store?

I ask because I don't think I can handle having a super noisy bird of my own, and would hate to regret my decision to get one.
Thanks!

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  • Peggy - 2010-09-03
    I have Blue Diamond Doves and they are not noisy. They do coo at times which is a soothing sound. They are easy to take care of.
  • Dora - 2010-09-21
    I have 4 diamond doves. They are not noisy at all! If anything their cooing is kind of soothing. They just "coo, coo" and not too often. I love them!
  • Amy Monroe - 2010-10-20
    I've had a pair for about a month. They make noise but it's not anything like parakeets make. It's much quieter and peaceful. It reminds me of a tiny train whistle. :) They are great. My female laid her first egg today.
  • Amy Monroe - 2010-10-20
    I've had a pair for about a month. They make noise but it's not anything like parakeets make. It's much quieter and peaceful. It reminds me of a tiny train whistle. :) They are great. My female laid her first egg today.
  • Bethany - 2010-11-08
    They are not loud like parakeets are. The males coo's ARE loud, but they are not annoying either. And they are not constant, only a couple times a day at the most! Females are not very loud, they only let out the occasional coo.
    Young or old, doesn't really matter :)
  • Mary Beth - 2012-02-01
    I have diamondback doves love them and cockatiels and love them . Maybe you should look into Parrotlets
  • Jamie - 2012-02-18
    I didn't know they could be so noisy until I ended up with them! What started out as 5 back in early 2010 has now become 17 through unplanned breeding and rescuing sad looking birds from pet shops.
    The males CAN be very piercing; if one starts the mating call all the others respond and try to 'outshout' each other as it were.
    You can imagine my joy come summer when it starts getting light at 4am - earplugs are sometimes necessary as despite shutting them downstairs with the living room door shut their noise just carries throughout the building. Still love them though!
  • NAQIB - 2012-08-24
    Diamond doves are not at all a noisy bird. they coo very softly and I hear them only at morning and it's very soothing and of low voice.
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