Animal Stories - White Dove


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   When you think of the term 'dove' you think of the White Dove. The White Dove has been one of the most universal symbols of love and peace throughout history!
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Jenny Mays - 2014-07-19
I noticed 3 days ago, a beautiful white dove perched on my shed. It has been here since. Every morning I go out and feed it. I first gave it a cornmeal and bread mixture, which it seemed to enjoy. My question is: 1. How do I encourage it to build a nest. 2. How do you identify the male from the female? I have only seen the one. I do not have interest in bringing it indoors ... but I do like the idea of it nesting in my yard. Any suggestions??

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    What a pleasant surprise. However, with only one bird there won't be any breeding action. If a friend does show up, see the breeding section in the Dove and Pigeon Care guide, the link to it is at the bottom of the intro section above.
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sally - 2006-04-30
This is the story of our first dove that happened in the summer of 2005:

My daughter, packing for her move back into our home, was standing in her kitchen with the kitchen door to her deck open. She looked up just as a white dove landed gently upon the railing of the deck. She was stunned, and just stood there watching it for a whole five minutes, too afraid to move lest she frighten it away. Instead of it being scared off, it just began preening and cooing. So she carefully crept outside, with water and food, and tiptoed over, very slowly. Again instead of being frightened away, it just continued preening and cooing. She stayed frozen in place for another five minutes. Finally, realizing that it was not really frightened of her at all, she crept nearer and just placed her hands over it, gently cupped the sweet bird in her palm, and brought it inside.

My daughter brought it home to me after stopping just long enought to purchase some supplies. My daughters had brought me another bird once, our past favorite, a magpie. That time i had been asking for a baby raven. Magpies are the smallest member of the raven family. Recently i had begun "asking for" (intending) another baby raven, even if it ended up being not exactly a member of the raven family. I knew in my heart that something was on its way, but I had no idea this was what it was--and i am VERY pleased. She is the most tame and sweet-natured bird i have ever had. She insists on attention. She seems to be broody (ready to sit on eggs - i don't know if you're a country girl or not), and loves bits of "people" food, bits of corn, etc., especially when we feed it to her ourselves.

Right after i wrote the above (the day it happened) i went to look again at this beautiful bird. In the space of time that i wrote, she had laid an egg. That was it. I officially named her "Lily". Now, Lily is a free-flying member of our family. I have four more that i purchased from a pet store and have prepared a dovecote for them. I want to encourage the breeding of these birds because of the visual statement they make for love, peace, and beauty.

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  • Bonnie Clement - 2014-05-12
    I am 53 and was named White Dove when I was 17. It has been my cab handle since then.I love them and I have a white dove that comes and eats with our chickens, does and other wild birds here. Thank you for your stories.
  • Bonnie Clement - 2014-05-12
    I am 53 and was named White Dove when I was 17. It has been my cab handle since then.I love them and I have a white dove that comes and eats with our chickens, does and other wild birds here. Thank you for your stories.
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Tyler - 2014-04-30
On this past easter 2014 I got a call at 8:30 in the morning from a friend, I didn't answere it cause I was tired, then he texted me so I figured it was important. The text read there was a white dove in the school parking lot so I got there as fast as I could because I had been looking for a pet white dove. So I got there and my friend was sitting next to it, I must have spooked it because it flew at me then crashed in his garage. I caught it then his mom saw another one by their fence. I caught that one also. So it's a week later and the one I thought was the male built a nest in the nesting box and the one I thought was a female won't nest yet, so they both laugh, bow, coo and coo but the one I think is the female has a scratchy coo, not as smooth so I am expecting eggs, thinking it's a pair of doves by my research, and she still wouldn't nest so I provided a higher nesting box for her but the 'male' has been sitting in it and acting very territorial of the nest. Could he be a she? Then the female has been guarding him, not sure him is a he could she be a he and when will she lay?

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Mel - 2013-12-10
My female sacred (white) dove laid 2 eggs within the past two days. I was so excited until this evening when I seen that one had fallen to the bottom of the cage and shattered open. I am devastated because I don't know how this could have happened. Can anyone tell me if momma will lay another egg to replace this one that fell so she will still have two to sit on? I have 3 doves in this cage. Two sacred white doves (male and female) and a male ring neck who is the baby daddy cause he is the attentive one to the momma. Is it possible that the other male sacred dove kicked the egg from the nest when momma was taking a break sitting on the egg to stretch her wings?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-11
    It's hard to say what happened to that egg, you would have to observe the birds to actually know. Still, doves can be aggressive during breeding season, as well as somewhat territorial, so it's best to have just a pair in the cage.
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leysi - 2013-12-07
I need help anyone that lives in west Palm beach to look out for my white dove I'm still not sure if it's a he or she but it's missing and I am devastated I haven't stopped crying she/he is helpless out there it has no food water or a place to sleep please help! If you have any information please email me it doesn't matter how small anything could.lead me to it PLEASE HELP ME I HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS SAD! :'(

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Louise - 2013-10-26
My female dove has laid an egg and she is holding her head beneath her body is this normal? She shakes a bit too. I was wondering if maybe she is getting ready to lay another egg. If anyone has info please contact me at weezie48@hotmail.com. Thank You.

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Michelle - 2013-10-16
Hello, new to this site and could really use some help, I found a beautiful white dove and so sweet by a ditch at a local Walmart. I brought her or him home and have been trying to bond with her...I've gone on different sites to get more knowledge of white doves and give her the proper care. I've tried everything, she won't let me scratch her head she's only coo'd twice or so that I know of, she's very skittish, she shakes if I get too close but also this is not always... She seems to really respond to high pitch talking and she's played with my earring while it was in my hand... She's ate out of my hand etc. I'm not sure and don't want to push her, I've tried to feed her bread and nothing... Idk what I'm doing wrong please help?

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  • Louise - 2013-10-24
    I had the same problem with my female dove but I was just patient and she finally started coming and landing on my shoulder and even now when I go to pet her she shys away but then comes back. Mine just laid her first egg today so I am excited to see what goes from here. I am also new at raising doves I have a male and a female. My male was easier to train. But like I say just be patient and keep trying she will come around.
  • Louise - 2013-10-26
    I had the same problem with my female just be patient and she will bond with you it takes time but she will.
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janet - 2013-10-11
My female white ring neck dove has a open wound on her stomach, does anyone know how I can care for the wound at home, do not have the funds to see the vet. Any help is very much appreciated, we lost our last female the same way and did take her to the vet.. Thanks Jan

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Louise - 2013-02-05
I have a male white dove and i am having a hard time getting him to bathe. He loves to in the summer but now what winter is here hes not fond of it at all. Funny thing he will let me bathe him with a washcolth. Would it be ok to use Dawn dishwashing liquid to help remove some strains he gets from walking under things like bits of dust on his feathers. Any advice you could give me would be helpful. He is such a loving pet i want to make sure i am caring for him properly. Thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-06
    Personally I would just stick with water. Although Dove is a pretty mild detergent, I would be hesitant of stripping the feathers too severely of and natural protective dander.
  • rachel haris - 2013-02-12
    I also have 2 white doves who do not like to bathe. I occasionally stand them in about 1 inch of warm water and wash their bottoms with my hand then they had enough of that I then get a spray mist bottle and mist them lightly. After this very quick encounter they are mad at me for days the ends of their tails and the males tummy are a little gray it's bothersme because they are my babies and I want them to feel clean. I heard that a tiny dab of johnsons baby shampoo would work well not rubbed into the skin but gently massaged over soiled feathers snd rinsed very well in sink with a thin stream of water. I would never use dawn on doves too harsh and difficult to rinse out also johnsons baby bar soup.
  • Louise - 2013-08-29
    Thanks so much for the information I did try the spray bottle and he does like his feet done. So that worked for me. Thanks again for your support.
  • Louise - 2013-09-13
    Also if anyone knows anything on nesting for doves I would love to hear your comments.
  • rozie stout - 2013-10-06
    I'm pretty sure doves have a special oil within them and the oil cleans them from the inside out. The reverse of my birds. I raise parakeets, cockatiels, and canaries. They bathe in water I'm going to check on this I know I read this somewhere. Rozie
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Louise - 2013-09-13
I have a male and a female white dove and I believe they are trying to mate. Sometimes they peck each other and I'm wondering if that is in their mating act or what? They don't seem to hurting each other. If I could get some comments to help me on how this mating process is done I would appreciate it. Thank You.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-09-13
    Doves can become territorial if there is not enough room - but if you just have the single pair in a fairly large cage, I'm guessing that's not what is going on. If they don't seem to be hurting each other then it is probably just playful pecking. Most doves mate for life. Provide an open nesting box or container with grass and/or twigs as the nesting material. If they have a nest and mate, then the female will lay 2 eggs and then both parents will take turns incubating them for 2-3 weeks. Also make sure your birds are at least 6 months old before trying to mate them!
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