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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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I have two Indian Ring White Doves that I have had since both were born fifteen years ago this year. They are both female, sisters. Chris and Val. You've got it Columbus Day Birthday and Valentines Day Birthday. They are a joy, cooing and laughing all the time. They thrive on Finch, parakeet seed and millet. They are covered every night and as soon as they hear me in the morning, they make sure I know they too are awake and wish to be uncovered and fed. To me they are the greatest symbol of LOVE and PEACE in the world, and I do believe a special gift from above.
Just yesterday morning I was given as a gift 2 white doves. Very beautiful doves. To me white doves have always meant love. peace and sacredness.
I have never owned doves before. I am extremely Thankful for this gift.
I am very sad that the commenter about doves bringing rats and so on. This person does not know what he/she is talking about. Sure there would be rats if the people in the house are nasty dirty careless people. This rat problems or rodent infestation I would think would be true no matter if they are doves, or any kind of pet or animal being kept in an apartment or house. If you are a nasty dirty filthy and careless individual you sure will invite these type of problems.
Thanks for all the other excellent comments on here about doves. They really helped me understand my two lovely birds. I have a 8yo girl and a 12yo boy and they have fallen head over heel in love with both birds. My two kids named them Angelina and Angel.
I have a beautiful white dove that loves to model for the camera in different outfits...especially with sunglasses and hats! Judiah is the name and the best pet I've ever had. Believe it or not...Judiah actually laughs! And sounds like a rooster! Very comical bird and I just love Judiah and glad I went ahead and purchased Judiah for $5 at a garage sale! Judiah is worth a lot more than $5! Best $5 I ever spent. I have no idea how old or what gender Judiah is. Loves to pose for the camera in a dress or football helmet....it doesn't matter to Judiah. Nina Jackson (owner of "Judiah" the white dove) I have made a 2009 12 month calendar of Judiah in a different outfit for each month and had so much fun doing it!
Just happened upon this site and how wonderful it was to read the nice stories of other white dove owners! I myself have a white female dove and she has my heart under her wing! She is very loving and gentle. She thinks I am her mate as others mentioned. I was quite surprised at one owner saying his bird was 35 yrs. WOW. I have had my Lucybird for about 5 yrs. I got her at 3 days old and she was a joy to raise. Good luck to all of you.
Rita B. in mississippi
I rescued a white dove about a year and a half ago. Early this summer I rescued a white wing dove and put both doves together in the same cage. About 6 to 8 weeks ago there were two eggs in the bottom of the cage, they were cracked, because I was not prepared for them to breed, nor did I even think they would since they are not the same species. Since then I found a bird nest in a tree (I believe it was a mockingbird nest) and put it in their cage just in case this happened again. I did not know if they would take to a foreign nest. Sure enough last Friday night through Sunday, there are two eggs in this nest. The white dove is sitting on the eggs. From what I researched, I believe the white dove to be the male. Will this create a new breed? I am not sure what to expect next. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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 -
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.
Dudley arrived last year in our garden. He fell at my husband's feet exhausted on one of the few warm days we had in Scotland in 2007. We fell in love with this little white feathered creature right away.
We have no idea where he came from, his age, his gender or anything else about "him" but he now lives in our conservatory and apart from not caring where he leaves his droppings, which can be annoying, he is accepted as "one of the family". He is cheeky, funny, arrogant, and demanding most times and he hates being touched, but we don't care as he is happy in his own little way. Occasionally we can get a little stroke of his tail if he is in a receptive mood. Our only regret is that he wistfully looks out the window at other wild birds and we can't let him out "to play" with them. He is thriving and is rather spoilt in many ways. Especially with his own special plant to nest in and a daily shower of slightly warm water to help his cleaning & preening.
When I take my lunch into the conservatory, He comes down to the floor and loves to get some crumbs thrown down to peck on just like his "relative" the pigeon and the birds outside.
We would be lost without this little bird who left us with no option but to adopt him that day last year.
We used his photo to make our Xmas Cards last year. OK you'll probably think we're nutty, but we don't care:-))
When a white dove flies to your arm for food on a New York City roof, it sort of gets your attention!
I'd recently lost my German pointer of 17 years, "Lucy," and was wondering what breed of dog I might have next. One morning last Spring, I noticed this gorgeous white "pigeon" hanging around with a "possi" of 3 grey pigeons and one mourning dove. I fed this crew on my roofdeck every day. She began to wait for me by my window every morning for breakfast until one day, clearly impatient, she flew straight to my arm before I filled the feeder.
Well, this was no ordinary pigeon! (So I thought....) When she didn't even flinch when my dogs came near her, it was time to research this exceptional creature. So, after a thorough educational sojourn via my cellphone camera and the web,(and, after making certain there was no "Mr. Dove" lurking in her shadow,) I knew she would not make it through a NYC winter and "Banshee" joined my entourage of one pug, one chihuahua, and now, one beautiful, smart and excessively affectionate white ringneck dove. What a perfect pet! Who knew????
You know, I never thought I'd fall in love with a bird...let alone a white dove. But this little thing has done nothing more than stolen my heart. I just found out that she is a girl (after a year of not knowing for sure), because she laid an egg in my hair! WOW!!! What a trip! She likes to fly around and get into stuff; make lots of noise. I call her Sweetie Pie, a fitting name for my little "Terror-dactil". What a love, there's nothing like it.
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.