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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Jim Gray - 2014-10-11
Hello, Several months ago I bought two white doves and in the last week the female dove has been nesting. I tried to give the doves straw for their nest but they are content on sitting in the food bowl. The other night she laid an egg and then yesterday she laid a second one. She sits over the eggs most of the day and night and only leaves them for a while for food water or some exercise. The male dove sits with her but never sits over the eggs to keep them warm and sometimes she sits over one egg and discards the other one like there is a problem with it. Should this concern me?. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Regards Jim

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-11
    Wow, that's very cool. I wouldn't be too concerned, as it sounds like the female is doing great and the male dove is doing what male dove's do... hanging out near by. These birds can quickly detect if an egg is bad/ If she continues to ignore and egg and keep it away, you could just remove it. But wait for a while to make sure that's the signal she's giving.
  • Jim Gray - 2014-10-15
    You were right, they are now covering both the eggs and great news is the mail dove is spending half the time on the eggs to give the female dove a break. It is amazing how they learn all these things themselves, I am excited about having a baby dove.
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hailey booth - 2008-10-02
One day riding my bike on the golf green I saw a tiny white bird sitting in the green grass. I was instantly drawn to it and realised it was a white dove. I started to pet it and realised it wasn't trying to fly off. Picking it up I realised its feather were wet and it couldn't really fly. I picked him up and put him in my bike basked and we rode home 3 miles. I was impressed with its ability to sit and ride so quietely without fuss. She has since became my most favored pet and I named her Chmpagne Hope. She rides with me everyday now on the edge of the basket looking around and enjoying the freedom of riding versus flying I'm sure, for which she is still weak. I encourage her to fly around, let her sit in the sun everyday, and don't believe in caging her. So she goes all over the apartment, though she does perch herself next to me every night next to my bed. To look after me I'm sure, as I believe she is my spirit guide. What a beautiful and unexpected blessing!

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  • kram acoon - 2010-04-12
    Hi. I just wanted to ask you some q since you transpire to have some knowledge in doves. We have these large doves with fluffy neck feathers which i don't know the species or the breed. One problem is that they don't use the perches and are picky on food. Any recommendations? Are they suitable to let free outside for exercise and would still come back? We just acquired them 2 weeks ago. Please help.
  • Eli - 2014-08-18
    How do you deal with her poop?
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Wynn Smith - 2007-02-19
Generally when people use the term "white dove" they are referring to a bird that can be used for ceremonial release. We must educate people on this subject. Too many people are releasing domesticated ringneck doves into the wild where they can't survive and they die. A better alternative is one of white homing pigeons referred to as a "Release Dove" or "Release Duv". These birds are bred for their homing ability and return safely home after a release. A "Release Dove" is typically a white racing pigeon that is as big and muscled as a typical racing pigeon. These are bred to race home as quickly as possible. In contrast, a "Release Duv" is not a racing pigeon, but a smaller white pigeon with homing ability, that has been specifically bred for ceremonial release. They tend to be tamer, smaller, and a bit more onamental. They circle well and they return home from long distances, having been crossed with endurance breeds such as the tippler.

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  • Eli - 2014-08-17
    How can you tell the difference? I have been caring for a smaller white bird who was found hurt in my drive by a neighbor. Knowing that I had pigeons, he thought this bird was one of my own. But this bird is much smaller, delicate, and more fearful. I am really trying to figure out what he needs and how to help.
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Anonymous - 2014-08-17
Today we said goodbye to our beautiful white dove Ava. We enjoyed her gentle spirit and soothing cooing for 26 years. Farewell Aca!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-18
    Doves are such nice pleasant birds, My sympathy for your loss,  I'm sure she will be very much missed in your home.
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kristen Hall - 2014-08-06
We just bought a young female white dove. I have a concern though. Does anyone know if she will become depressed? She has no mate. She is let out of her cage daily for freedom; however, until next month she a a cage that is a bit too small. Can anyone help me with my question? Thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    It's hard to gauge what will make a bird depressed. Some species of doves will live in flocks while others won't. White Doves usually live in pairs, but are often alone if they don't yet have a mate.
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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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