Animal Stories - Ringneck Dove

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   Ringneck Doves are gentle birds that do not bite and are easily tamed. They can be handled by by adults and children alike!
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Debbie Register - 2012-11-06
I have recently noticed that my ringneck dove's beak is getting long. She is eating but i was wondering if trimming it is possible. If so, what do i use to trim it. Would fingernail clippers be ok.

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  • nina - 2014-07-26
    I do take mine to a vet who works with birds and she trims my doves beak as his grows as well and he can't eat well with it. If you can't find a vet in the area maybe an avery.
Jackie - 2014-07-25
I have two brown ringneck doves and they had two clutches of eggs. Three of them hatched but the other one was rotten. They now have three babies that are growing up fast. Is it okay if they take care of three babies or will it be too much for them.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    They should be fine taking care of three babies. A very important thing for them however, is to make sure they have plenty of water while caring for their young.
Mary - 2014-07-16
We have had our ring-neck dove, Lovey Dovey, for 25 years! We know he/she is getting old -flew into our Mn.yard, so don't really know how old he is….LD's beak worries us, as it gets off kilter -top longer than bottom -any advice about clipping it,etc? Worry lately about ability to pick up seeds…we feel LD will outlive us.:) Thanks, Mary

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    You could take your bird to an avian veterinarian to have the beak clipped, or you can trim the beak back yourself. The nice thing about visiting a vet, is they can show you how to trim the beak and then you can get bird clippers at a pet store. If there is a bird farm in your area, they can also show you how to trim the beak. Though vets and bird farms will probably clip very thoroughly, if doing it yourself, I recommend only clipping a little at a time, then clipping again as needed.
Winny - 2013-04-12
My neighbor has several dozen doves in an enclosure. They coo 24 hours a day. It is not a loud sound, but, a sound that I would prefer not to hear 24 hours a day. Is there anything that I, or my neighbor, could do to give me some relief from the constant cooing? This has been my world for 20-30 years and I am just wanting to hear the other birds in the area and/or a bit of silence when I am in my yard.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Well, doves will be doves. Not sure that you can change their behavior, maybe the neighbor could move the dove cote to the other side of their yard.
  • JJCAPECOD - 2014-05-21
    I am so sorry but I am reading this and need to add. I live in a suburban neighborhood - our houses are on 1/3 acre lots - I've been here 27 years, paid my mortgage almost to ownership and my neighbor keeps pigeons, doves, ducks and chickens. The singular ringneck dove is relentless, non-stop repetitive noise all. day. long. I am a bird lover- I have feeders and houses for the wild birds. I will spend hours photographing and recording wild birds - there is not one video or recording that doesn't have the ringneck cooing over and over. None of our wild species do this repetitive noise ALL. DAY. LONG. I understand how everyone loves their pets. but this is just a horrible way to live for those of us living close enough to have to listen to this. To me there is a level of cruelty here. The bird wants something. Wild birds are repetitive until they find their mate etc. and don't stay in one place while doing it. There is no resolution to this doves's constant cooing in a repetitive three notes. I realize this is a forum for dove lovers and keepers, but to me this non-stop calling is not only cruel the neighbors, but to the bird itself.
  • Etherealred - 2014-06-17
    JJCAPECOD: You are actually incorrect on that when it comes to doves. Doves coo-- repetitively in one place as you have described-- when they are happy, content, nesting, about to settle in for a nap, and feeling secure. Sorry Winny, but no, there is nothing you or your owner can do about the cooing. Doves have several kinds of coos and they all serve a purpose.
  • Coocooclock - 2014-06-22
    Hey my names Ashley I have two ringneck doves tangerine I guess they have one baby it's about three weeks old he's already flying they have a pretty decent size cage it's only the mailed it really seems to have a cooling problem I don't really mind it and he only coups really at sunrise and if he starts going off during the day if we just you know tell him Sheanshang stop you usually stop I know we give them lots of love and stuff there very tame very sweet. This is their first baby so we intend on keeping it Eastphal to the bars and is basically the size of a dime when it hatched so I was handling it hands-on allots pulling out from the grade somebody back under its mother and father but it seemed to handle that just fine really I mean it seems actually love me more because of that he's pretty big at this point but yeah the only problem I have is the egg problem I think I should maybe get some plastic eggs so. Laying eggs on time because Chesnee these birds aren't fertilized turtle Gatts
Tamara Hoole - 2014-06-15
My husband and I became the proud owners of 2 white ringneck doves. They are 7 weeks old and we named them Lou & Sue. My question is at what age do they start cooing?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    I'm not certain of the age, but I do know that the male will definitely start cooing when he is ready to breed. They are sexually mature and ready to start breeding as early as 6 months of age.
Heather - 2014-04-03
I have had a collared dove since August 2012 when we picked her up from the roadside, she was 2 days old. She is very tame and loves my husband. I'm told our DNA is imprinted on her as we fed her and brought her up. We have just moved house. At our old house she flew in and out and made her nest in the side conservatory. We had her in a pen for a few weeks first. She was in a pen here for a few days and my husband felt sorry for her and let her out. She sat on his shoulder and potted around the garden and came in through the back door. Then she flew out and we haven't seen her since. I'm devastated. She has been gone four days now. Anyone have any suggestions how we find her? Will she try and go home (it's 1 hour away in the car) She wasn't interested in other birds as she thought she was one of us. Am so worried about her.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    I would put a listing in the paper and maybe contact the local shelter. She most likely will not know how to get back to your old home, but also won't be very good at surviving in the wild. It is likely someone will find her and she will stay close to human civilization. I hope you find her, good luck!
  • Jake - 2014-05-20
    I pray you find her. She sounds like a sweet heart!
Jesse Esparza - 2014-05-09
I have 4 ringneck doves. I see them mate all the time, but they haven't laid any eggs for the past two years. I feed them wild bird feed and noticed they eat everything but the milo seed. Could anyone help me find out why my doves don't lay eggs?

Richard Sage - 2011-03-09
We have a white ringneck dove that is about 11 months old. We just found out it was a female when she laid an egg, then 2, 3 and now 4. She has only taken to 1, the last. Will the egg produce a baby seeing she is the only bird with no mate?

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-03-09
    No, the egg will not produce a baby. Your dove must have a mate to fertilize the egg, otherwise it cannot hatch.
  • dot - 2012-01-18
    The eggs have to be fertilized or they will not hatch.
  • Harry Davis - 2013-10-20
    Not usually, the egg has to be fertile to hatch babies. She will have to have a mate for her eggs to be fertile.
Amy - 2013-08-01
I have a male and female ringneck dove that had a baby about 3 weeks ago. I have a medium size aviary for only the three of them. Can the baby stay in with them or will I eventually have to separate the baby from the parents? Thanks much!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-01
    As long as they are getting along fine, you could leave them together. My main concern would be if the parents have another clutch and continue to breed, it could become overcrowded. But they may not if they feel too confined.
Lisette A. Olson - 2013-07-07
I am caring for a white with black neck & chest pigeon/dove. It was found in a parking lot approaching people looking for food. It was quite friendly. My daughter brought it to me due to my experience with birds. As much experience as I have I'm concerned I might be missing something important in the care. I have purchased several types of seed & it's eating happily. Making a mess by tossing the least favorite seeds everywhere. I've been reading everything I can find but not being sure of breed has me concerned I may be missing something. There is no band. It has red legs & is simply beautiful. I'd appreciate any input. It's most important to me to be SURE my bird is getting Everything it NEEDS. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you. God bless, Lisette.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    I think you are doing the best you can for the bird. Most pigeons and doves have similar needs in terms of nutrients. Buying a variety of seed mixes and offering them simultaneously is a good idea to make sure he/she is getting proper nutrition. Is there someplace you could bring it to determine for sure what breed you have? Such as a wild bird conservatory, or even a zoo of some sort?
  • Lissel - 2013-07-20
    We rescued a baby dove with a wing defect and like you fed seed mixes (canary-finch mix was recommended). 2 years later and we have converted her to pet crumbles for parrots/doves. Vet said they're much better for them, more complete nutritionally, and per the promotional materials we have found she wastes much less, eats every crumb, and no more seed everywhere! She's gained weight and we are hoping to avoid vet bills for repeat crop infections she was suffering. Hope this helps. P.S. took 3 days to change her eating, and now she loves the stuff.