Animal Stories - Diamond Dove

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   The Diamond Dove is one of the smallest doves and is considered to be one of the most beautiful!
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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
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!

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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.
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?
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!
Claire - 2010-08-28
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.

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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.
Sreeparvathy - 2012-02-26
I had a pair of diamond doves but yesterday the male died. And the female has layed 2 eggs. It's 15 days or so that she has layed the eggs. But from today the female is not sitting on the eggs. Can you please let me know the number of days it will take for the eggs to hatch? And also is it ok if the female is alone?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-26
    The eggs would have hatched by now and mom knows thius so she just stopped sitting them. They normally hatch in 13 - 14 days. Yes, you can have a lone dove but they are very social and would prefer to have a companion.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-27
    I am not sure what you mean but if you are asking if the female will return to being a human companion - the answer is yes. She might be a little nervous at first but if you can just hold her and pet the top of her head - she will come around and she will be a soothing companion for her human.
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-27
    Well thank you for your reply.
    But there is another problem. Actually I have no way to get a companion for the female. So if I leave her open will she come back to us or no?
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-02
    Thanks a lot
  • NAQIB - 2012-08-24
    I think the problem might be that since the male dove is dead the mother dove left the eggs. Normally the eggs hatch within 13-14 days and, at the end before 2-3 days of hatching of the egg both the parents sit together on the eggs. As a result it the eggs hatch earlier. another fact is the male doves sit on the eggs at the day and the female at the night. you should see carefully if the female sits at the night. or you can take preparation for a incubator but the babies are so small that you cant handfeed it. And i am very dearly sorry for the deah of your male dove
Shari - 2012-04-20
I have 2 diamond doves. Male and female. I can't keep up with their mating habits. They just had one dove and they are at it again. It is possible to separate the birds? I need help I really don't want a dove farm and they are out of control. Also, when is the best time to remove the young dove. This is the first one they have had and I'm not sure when would be the best time. Please help. Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-20
    Best time to remove the little guy, unless you wish to hand feed is when you see him out of the nest box and totally eating on his own all the time. Mom will feed for awhile after the baby laves the box. Don't panic. I don't think you will wind up with a dove farm. Sometimes mom and dad are quite prolific when they decide to mate. They only had the one baby and there is normally two so instinct is just doing its thing. I wouldn't separate them. Possibly she would lay eggs anyway and they would both be pretty unhappy.
Awlad - 2011-11-13
I have two pair silver diamond dove. But 15 days ago I have separated them and kept them single. I thought they need rest. But now I want to pair them reversely. 1st pair's female is paired with 2nd pair's male. But they can't . Both of them fight. How can I pair them? Plz reply me. And how long I give rest the diamond dove.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-11-13
    You may not need to give them any 'rest' time, why did you remove them and keep them single? Most doves are monogamous, meaning a pair will mate for life. So if the first pairs you had worked fine together, it might be best to keep them together and not try to switch them around. The pairs you want to create may not work well. Also make sure to provide an optimum mating/breeding environment. Read up on dove breeding tips on thisDove Reproduction/Breedingpage for more information.
  • Jamie - 2012-02-18
    I love the previous comment about them being monogomous as I largely agree. However I've found the males will fan their tails any all the other birds including the other males. The females are very tetchy though and will peck males who aren't their partner often quite aggressively.
    I have one male who lost his partner to illness. I brought a new female and kept them together in a seperate cage. It took just over 3 months for him to even acknowledge her existence (she'd taken to him within a week however) It took a fierce attack from another paired female I already had that he was fond of for him to finally decide she wasn't so bad after all.
    If the previous partners are within earshot I'll be surprised if you can get the females to pair with the new male to be honest!
Jennifer - 2010-08-03
I have a male diamond dove who is about two years old. But, some of things he does confuses me. For one thing, he sits in his food dish. I mean, he fits his whole entire body into his food dish, and I have no idea why. I know for a fact that he is a male, so he isn't nesting, but maybe he thinks he is? He also likes to pull up the newspaper I have on the bottom of his cage. He would rip it up if he were strong enough, I bet. He has a comfortable environment, and he's healthy. So, I wonder why the weird behavior?

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  • Levent Özönder - 2010-08-13
    It is most probably because that cage does not have any soft surface for her to sit.They prefer to sit down on a space than sitting on a stick. I have a couple of these doves and I discovered this recently.
  • Peggy - 2010-09-03
    They like cozy. Provide him with a small basket with either shredded paper or hay in it. All birds like to tear up paper. I have several kinds and they all do it.
  • Dora - 2010-09-21
    I don't know why he sits in his food dish. I just wanted to comment that newspaper ink is toxic and will stain their feathers. I use regular white paper towels on the bottom of my doves cage.
  • Kate - 2010-12-05
    I also use paper towels in my birds cage. I bought my dove a nest at the pet store. I fill it up with paper towels. Sometimes he sits in it and sometimes it is not where i left it.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-08
    They like a nesting area or platform or birdie buddy. They just like cozy and prefer a nest/basket something to sleep in. I think most birds will pull up paper. Just fun to do. Foster and Smith sell cage aper which is smooth and harder for them to get a hold of - or it just isn't as interesting. Foster and Smith Pet or Bird Supplies and they have a web site.
  • Diana - 2012-02-08
    Diamond doves for some reason have this thing with their tiny feet. They catch arthritis young so you need to make sure you dont use newspapers because they dry out their feet unlike paper towel. :)