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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Janek Kazimer - 2009-07-26
I have a Tangerine Ringneck and it doesn't shut the heck up! I love him/her to death, but oh god, I need some sleep. I don't know what sex it is, but mine has a girl's name (Lyia) and since it never laid an egg, I usually refer to the bird as a him.
Beautiful bird, love the wings. Absolutely adore them. Often times i let him take a bath just so he'll stretch that wing out and i find myself just staring at them.
I've had him about 9 years and he was an abandonee. I worked at a petstore with a friend and one day this bird showed up in the store's aviary-she said "i dont know, he was just there one day" I adopted him because i wanted a dove so bad, my father raised them and i just grew up listening to that coo sound as a baby. So i took the bird home but needed a cage. My friend said her mother had recently had a bird and had the extra cage and she gave it to me.
Shortly after i wound up moving in with that friend from the petstore (and her mother), and of course I brought my bird. Oh, was that a nightmare! It kept my new roommates up, they curse him, they wanted me to get rid of him-- and when her mom finally said "oh no, not that bird again!" i inquired to only learn that it was her mother who abandoned the bird at the petstore in the first place! So of all people to adopt the bird she tried to get rid of it was me and i moved it right back into the house and into the exact same cage!
The bird is a survivor. Three times he was attacked by my friend's evil cat, once so bad it required a trip to the vet. The cat's claw sliced open its neck and i scooped it up holding him, thinking he was not long for this world. His blood squirted out in a pulse along with his heartbeat. I was terribly upset--but he didnt die. It been about 7 years since that incident and he's missing a patch of feathers in his neck so when he puffs up to sing its really obvious.
Me and my bird moved out some years later and he enjoys a much larger cage now and alot of out-of-cage time. He's very good at being in the house in general and we often let him out for days. We put his seed dish right with the cat's and the two of them will eat side by side. I've seen the bird snuggle into the cat while she's sleeping. In the spring/fall we'll set his cage on the backporch on cloudy days (bright sun just seems so bad for him) so he can get fresh air.
As much as i can't wait for him to shut up every night, i'll miss him terribly when he his gone.

Angela - 2009-06-22
I have a ringneck dove that fell off the powerline in back of our house. I'm not sure if it got shocked or not but am trying my best to care for it (rehabilitate I suppose is the right word). All we have is chicken feed and wheat berries. I was thinking of trying to give it a cherry and/or a blackberry just to try to get it to eat something. I can't tell if it's eating or drinking. It doesn't coo but just sits in the box blinking. It's mate still is hanging around our yard - just looking for advice... :)

Kathryn - 2009-06-01
To tell male from female, feel for the pinfeathers at either side of the anus. The females' are wider (to let the eggs out).

Issac - 2009-04-12
Kayla if you are sure that it is a female laying eggs, I would move her into a good sized cage with her mate. After she has laid her eggs check them a week later by looking at them in the light and you should see red veins in the eggs. If they are not fertile you will need to change the male, cause if she lays eggs then she is fertile but the male may not be. FYI they do better breeding when they all have their own nest boxes. Or if you want to make sure of the parents put them in their own cages when you want to breed. Hope this helps.

James Adkerson - 2009-04-06
I have two pair of white Ringneck doves Rick, Lucy, Fred & Ethel. Each pair has its own 15"x32" cage. They lay eggs and lay more eggs! but they don't hatch? Ethel will sit on her nest for weeks before she lays her egg, then when the egg gets here it seems she breaks it! Lucy never lays her first egg in the nest? I'll place it in the nest. She then will set it until the time her second egg comes and then she'll kick the first egg out! She will set on egg#2 for 2 to 3 weeks then give up, it's a dud. I've broken them before and at some point they were alive! Not sure what to do they're nests are lined with knitted soft bottoms? can you give me some advice

kayla - 2009-03-21
A lot of people have these ring neck doves and say that their's lay eggs and usually hatch. Do you know mine, she lays and lays but none ever hatch. I'm trying to figure out if it's because she's in this big cage with 7 other males and females. I want to move her by herself when I see that she's laid eggs, but I'm afraid that they will not hatch. Anyone with the same problem, I would love some advice.

Anonymous - 2009-03-21
Ring neck doves are lovely.

Pam - 2009-03-03
Hi every one, I just bought two white doves last week, I ordered two books to read more about them but they are faster then I am, they have laid two eggs but are not setting on them, does this mean there is no babys in those eggs or do they just not have to set on their eggs, confused?

Eleanor - 2009-03-01
I was given 2 Ringneck Doves last Fall(08) and now I have 7. I can't tell which is male and which is female. I have decided that the males are the ones doing the cooing. BTW one is sitting on another egg now so we soon will be 8.


Jared Larsen - 2009-01-26
My family has a ring neck dove that is over 20 years old. We had 2 but one died almost 10 years ago. I can't believe the one we have is still alive. I am 21 years old and I know it is older than me. We have always enjoyed it's cueing and that has been a norm at our house.