Animal Stories - Ringneck Dove


Animal-World Information about: Ringneck Dove

   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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Cheryl - 2012-12-07
I have a female ringnecked dove that I have had for two years. She has never gotten friendly. She lays eggs regularly (which worries me as I think that might not be a good thing for her) and I leave them in the nest because I don't want her to keep laying eggs, however she just lays more. She tries to attack me when I feed her -- I get the impression she is very protective of her eggs. Wondering what to do about her aggression. should I remove the eggs? But wouldn't that cause her to lay more?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-07
    Leave the eggs there.  Not all of them but after 20 days or so you can remove the eggs.  Incubation is 1 - 15 days after last egg is laid so 20 days is a safe bet to remove the old eggs.  If you remove them as she lays them or shortly after, chances are she will lay more. Just me - but you might wish to consider trading this ring neck as obviously a breeder for a baby.  Just a thought.  Spring is coming up and breeder would obviously get a good producer and it just isn't a whole lot of fun to have an agressive bird.  You also might want to look at a conure - about the same price and a lovable friendly velcro bird tha thinks humans are a toy for them.  It is hard to go through the constand egg laying and removal etc. 
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Sal - 2012-11-02
Hi, I am glad I found this site it has been intresting reading all your comments. I to have a white dove with a black ring around its neck, it has been coming to my yard for a little over a year to feed at my bird feeders. At first he or she would coo outside in the tree till I would come out and through some cracked corn on the ground sometimes he would fly right to me as I was walking out to feed him and he would eat while I was out there, but now he is a little more wild and won't come down but still comes to feed and I hear him cooing near by. I was wondering how I can get him in a cage so I can take care of him. I live in the foothills about 65 miles from Yosemite and the winters can get cold, but he did survive last winter ok. How should I go about trying to cage him? Your comments will be appreciated. Thanks

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  • Brady - 2012-11-14
    I have 5 Ringneck doves, the fifth one I was able to cage him by continuing to feed him on a regular basis until he has regain your trust. It took me about a month. As I feed, he allowed me to get closer and closer each day. Do not make sudden moves or he might SPOOK, which causes him to lose a little trust. Anyway, I finally was able to drop feed in front of him and he forgot about me. After. A week he allowed me to touch him without trying to pick him up. Finally after 3 more weeks he allowed me to pick him up. I was so thrilled that I was able to gain his trust. I now keep him in a cage with my other two pair. I kept up the daily handling and I can now let Sammy out of his cage and he will follow me around the yard he will land on my head or at my feet signaling it is time for me to pick him up and put him in his pen with the others. It takes patience, but you can nab him/her and have a great friend. Let me know how you do.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-15
    If you have a cage then place the cage where the dove is normally eating the corn.  Put the corn inside the cage with a trail of corn going from the normal spot where he normally eats trailing into the cage.  Tie a string to the door.  When the dove goes into the cage to eat the corn, just pull the string to close the door.  The problem is catching the dove or seeing it when it is eating inside the cage.  You just place a trail of corn going up and into the cage and the dove will get used to the cage and follow the food.  One day, the dove will actually be in the cage eating, you will actually see him and get the door closed.  Good luck. 
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graham - 2010-07-03
Two years ago we had doves build a nest under the eaves of the house and the nest was unused for just over eighteen months but this month doves are now using the nest, I wonder could this be the offspring off the other two doves, Could you tell me which doves cry is my toe cried betty oh!

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  • Andrea - 2012-11-21
    It's possible, but not too likely. Most likely they were just birds looking for a free nest.
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susie - 2012-11-13
I have had 3 ringneck doves within the past 6 months get a limping then useless leg. 2 have died. Last one is still alive but why is this happening? The cage and flight are safe and I can't figure out how they get this ailment. No apparent injusry is visible. Just limp useless leg and foot.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-13
    I think this is one for a vet. If it was just one dove, my guess would be that somehow the dove sprained his leg but three - that seems a little too coincidental. Could be gout or there is something called bumblefoot (which is a nutritional problem also). You should not be using smooth doll rods for perches (just in case you are) as they are so smoothe and round the bird has to grip too tightly and will frequently cause problems with foot or legs. I think you should take this last one to the vet and have blood work done.
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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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Ann - 2012-10-08
Hello! I have a bourke parakeet, and my daughter just got a ringneck dove. Right now we have them in seperate parts of the house, but I was wondering if we kept them in the same room (separate cages, of course) could they provide company for each other when we're gone during the day? They're both males. We're also concerned that they might bond with each other, and I'll lose my bond with my bourke and my daughter won't be able to develop a bond with her new ringneck. Do any of you experienced bird keepers know? Thanks in advance for any advice.:)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-08
    I've had a minimum of 4 and maximum of 15 diferent parrots in the same room in thie own cages.  They would come out of their cages during the day and onto their own perches.  They were pets and remained pets.  Some played together and were friends but they stayed pets.  When I had one parrot in one room or the same species as another in the other room - somehow they did find each other and bonded.  As long as they have their own cage and you give them attention - they should go along with you being their mate.
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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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Michaela Merrilees - 2012-07-20
We came home the other day n there appears to be a ring neck dove (possibly a pair) nesting in a tree beside our house.... we live in Canada and I have never seen one in the wild. What should I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-21
    I don't know.  Yes, it is not usual to see them nesting at your house or in the bird feeder but it happens.  Sometimes they will go to a human (as possibly someone's pet) and sometimes they find a flock and just join whatever flock.  You can call the wildlife organization that is in your area and ask them. 
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phyllis long - 2012-07-05
Can I house diamond doves and a tangerine dove together?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-05
    Yes.  If you have both male and females, they will most likely cross breed -
  • phyllis long - 2012-07-12
    Thanks. The difference in size really concerned me
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Dave - 2012-06-20
I have a pair of tangerine doves, their two eggs hatched a couple of weeks ago, but one of the hatchlings is completely white, it looks like a white dove, how is that possible ?

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