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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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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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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Sreeparvathy - 2012-02-26
Hello,
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
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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.
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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!
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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. :)
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Parvaz - 2011-11-22
Hi,
Greetings from me.I am 40 years man from Bangladesh. I have a small pigeon farm. I am so interested build a Diamond Dove farm. I need your help, how to step the fast. Please reply me. It will be very helpful for me.
Thanks
Parvaz
From Bangladesh.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-24
    I am going to go on the basis that you want to set up a dove breeding farm and what is the quickest way. I wasn't sure what you meant bu 'step up fast'. Doves will breed before they are a year old - but younger and more so if in a flock situation. The easiest thing to do to get started and most economical is to buy a pair of 'PROVEN DOVES' and get them set up. Then you can purchase other males and females and put them in a large flight. Have that flight close to the breeding pair. The younger birds will learn literally by seeing and being taught by the proven pair. As the younger doves pair (sitting together - preening) etc, move them to their own cage/area. Doves are great all together but they like their own space when breeding. They breed young but only if they know what they are doing. That is what the proven pair is for.
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Anonymous - 2011-09-02
Oh just recently bought a female diamond dove. She is so adorable!!! I love her, she is so quiet and calm. She has never pecked, bit, or scratched anyone! I luv my little luna!!!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-02
    They are extremely beautiful and soft. Love their little noises - soothing.
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BRITTANY - 2008-10-21
Hello. I recently bought a Diamond Dove. With researching, I am thinking it is female. I would like to purchase her a friend or a couple to keep her company. I am located in Beaver Dams, New York and I am hoping to find some more Diamond Doves. If anyone knows how I can get some near me, please let me know. I'v looked in pet stores but I think they are a little over priced, plus they don't have them in yet. Thanks, Brittany. Can email me at britsdreamer22@yahoo.com

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  • JULIANNE - 2011-08-17
    HI BRITTANY.... I JUST READ YOUR COMMENT ABOUT PURCHASING A FEMALE DIAMOND DOVE. WELL YOU SAID YOU THOUGHT IT WAS FEMALE... I DID THE SAME THING! THE PET STORE HAD NO IDEA SO I DID SOME RESEARCH [HER COLORINGS, THE EYE RINGS, ETC.. and I KNOW IN MY HEART SHE IS A FEMALE]. ACTUALLY I BOUGHT HER FOR MY 15YR OLD SON. THEY ARE SO SO ATTACHEDTHE BIRD WONT LEAVE HIM...EVER. ONLY 2 SLEEP. THEREFORE I SUGGESTED GETTING HER A MATE AND MY SON LOVED THE IDEA! HONEY IS ABOUT 6MO OLD. I JUST WONDERED HOW THAT WENT FOR YOU WHEN YOU GOT ANOTHER ONE? DID YOU GET MORE THAN ONE AND DID THEY LAY EGGS? DID THEY GET ALONG..IF SO DID THE TAKE CARE OF THE EGGS? THE BABIES? I JUST KNOW THAT MY SON WILL BE HEARTBROKEN IF THEY ATTACK THE BABIES AS I READ THEY CAN DO. IM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD 2 HEARING BACK FROM YOU!! I HOPE YOUR DIAMOND DOVES ARE STILL DOING WELL!! THEY ARE SO ADORABLE, SO LOVING, SO SMART AND THEY HAVE THE ABSOLUTE SWEETEST COO IN THE WORLD! WE LOOKED AT SO SO MANY BIRDS AND WOULDNT CHANGE THIS DOVE FOR ANYTHING! TAKE CARE AND GO DIAMOND DOVES.... PS. THEY ARE SO HARD TO FIND IN OHIO ANYWAYS...... FINALLY FOUND ONE [YEP ONE] AT PETCO AND THAT WAS A MONTH AGE. STILL CALLING JUST IN CASE WE DO GET ANOTHER BUT, JUST NOT ABLE TO. PPS. DID YOUR DOVE LIKE A NIGHTLIGHT OR VERY LOW WATTAGE REPTILE LIGHT? THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR ANY HELP YOU MAY HAVE. PLEASE GMAIL ME AT JEWELS7474@GMAIL.COM
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william zickuhr - 2011-08-15
This last weekend (sat and sun) we had what I think was a silver diamond dove show up to our back yard ground feeder. I have look at quite a few dove pictures, and the closest is the silver diamond. Eastern Washington. Did one escape from a handler ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-15
    There is no way to know the answer to that question. If one managed to leave - they will most likely find their way back given they possibly can.
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