Animal Stories - Diamond Dove


Animal-World Information about: Diamond Dove

   The Diamond Dove is one of the smallest doves and is considered to be one of the most beautiful!
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Solly - 2013-08-24
Hello, I have a pair of diamonds, they're laying eggs for a while, but none has hatched till now. They're sitting on the eggs well and taking turns, but none of them hatched. I gave them all the vitamins and calcium. Is it because I keep them inside the house? How can I raise the humidity in the cage? I have air conditioning running all the time, and I put the cage away from the vent. I don't know what else to do to hatch the eggs? Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-08-27
    Although these little birds can have a few hit-and-miss starts when they are new at breeding, they usually quickly figure it all our. So I'm wondering if you are you certain you have a male/female pair.
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erica - 2013-01-17
If I do not want my doves to lay eggs right now, do I have to take out the male? If she already has laid can I take the eggs away or do I have to take the male away? Until I want her to lay? I would like them to stay together at all times!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-17
    If you do not want fertilized eggs you will want to separate your male and female. The female may still lay eggs but they will not fertilize and therefore will not hatch if there is no male. If she has already laid eggs they may be fertilized. If you take the eggs out and don't allow the doves to incubate them with their bodies they most likely will never hatch, but it would be better to just separate the male and female to keep from having fertilized eggs.
  • felix - 2013-06-22
    Well you could keep them together for ever, in puerto rico i had around 100 pigeons and they laid eggs everday...if i didnt want to have babies i would just remove the eggs from the nest...that it,  good luck...
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Anonymous - 2013-05-14
Okay so I have a pair of diamond doves. I know one is male and one is female. But they have laid numerous eggs since I got them. And only one out off all the eggs ever hatched, but sadly I didn't really read up on how to care for the baby and it died later that night when I got home. But now none of the eggs ever hatch. Should I separate them for a while so the female can take a break from laying eggs. And they have two right now but only one has a vein in it. So I don't know what to do so they stay on it. I have a lamp on them so if they don't sit on it for a little it won't die. I need help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    These doves are usually pretty good parents, but they do need a good sized cage and an aviary is even better. They may just be young and still getting the hang of it. Two eggs are normal, and they should hatch in about 2 weeks from when they were laid, so you won't need to keep a lamp on it for too long. It is a good idea to give the female a break, and they may be better parents when you re-introduce them into the breeding set-up. Also, you can help by conditioning them with egg foods both during breeding and while they are rearing the young.
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Jennifer - 2013-03-01
I recently bought a pair of Diamond Doves after seeing some at a client's office. I fell in love with their cooing. However the pair that I bought aren't cooing at all. What am I doing wrong/missing?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-02
    Hard to say why they aren't cooing. If you just got them maybe they aren't comfortable yet. If you've had them for awhile, there may be something in the environment isn't to their liking. Read the care info above to make sure you are giving them the best housing and food.
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Naqib - 2013-01-01
i have two dovs and recently i noticed both were females and it has been five months and both them bow coos to each other but none of them mates. i am thinking of pairing them with males. my question is if they will bond with the males.

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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
    Yes
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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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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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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
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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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