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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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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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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Tina Sanson - 2012-03-29
We have just inherited a beautiful ringneck dove, he/she hasnt been a pet but is semi tame. We've set it up home inside with its own cage space. I let it out in my room everyday to have flight time, problem is though I think it is depressed? It has barely made a noise at all the entire time, never tried to attack or be territorial, isn't fussed on being handled but lets me without to much fuss and just perches in my room rather then flies around. Help anyone? Im not sure if it's a depression stage or something might be wrong. Seems very healthy and we have wormed/mited it professionally.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-29
    They are not flighty. They would just look around and find something they are comfortable perching or preening on and settle in. I don't believe they attack and not territorial at all unless sitting on eggs. She (I think she cuz a little quieter) probably is just getting used to her surroundings and new people, places and things. Hold her and pet -- love the top of the head and sides of the face. I don't think depressed - just new.
  • Tina Sanson - 2012-03-30
    Thank you =)I try to pet her but she only lets me down the breast bone, gets really scared and skittery when I try to pet her head or back of the neck.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-31
    Probably real comfortable with you petting breast bone cuz she can see your hand. Works for me and her.
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Jesse G - 2011-10-20
My ring neck dove keeps attacking me, whenever I walk by his cage he raises his wings as if to make himself look bigger to scare me off, when I go to pick him up he tries to evade me and starts pecking hard at me can someone help me with this I feed him but whenever I get close to him he just attacks me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-20
    I think that is really strange behavior for a dove. Sounds territorial to me. Try feeding him with your hand some sort of treat. Cheerios usually work. Sometimes something scares a bird and they seem to be 'cage bound' as if they are afraid to come out or get off the cage. Can you just 'pick him up' and move him to a neutral area? Whether territorial or some sort of fear - you need to get him to a neutral area - away from his cage and go back to the basics like 'step up' 'No' etc. If this has just been for a week or so - then I would just ride it out for another week. Could be molting, hormonal, puberty etc. Birds do have their moments when they just want alone time. Otherwise neutral territory and back to the basics.
  • Glenda Alatorre - 2011-11-02
    My dove attacks everyone but me. He aggressively attacks my 9 year old daughter and my 81 year old mother. I have decided he loves me and is territorial. I would like to find a way to change this behavior though. It is so heart breaking to my daughter, who treats him very well. He dive bombs her head and face every time she goes past him.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-02
    Territorial behavior and I guess he believes that you are his territory. It happens frequently in the world of birds. Your little guy has chosen you as his mate and is going to protect you from any and all others. There are lots of suggestions that people have like have your mom or daughter feed the little fella treats. Sometimes this can work but I just thought I'd tell you that I have been with my human for 27 years and she is my mate. I will chase her husband all over the home. I will not tolerate him and he has given me cheese, chicken, done my water, treats - even tried talking and I do not care. My human is my mate.
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