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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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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.
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

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
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!
Louise - 2013-08-29
I have two white doves a male and a female. I am wondering what materials to use to build the nest so they can mate and have their babies? Any ideas would be greatly appreicated.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-31
    You will want to provide some sort of open container and put twigs, grass and other soft materials in there for them to use.
Tahsha Franklin - 2013-07-29
In 2006 I acquired 6 Diamond Doves and 2 White Ring necks. Now I have 30 Diamonds and 20 White Ring necks, I love and know them all but I have become overwhelmed. I'm not well enough to care for them as before. The Diamonds are very scary birds with fragile bodies. It's hard to find homes for them - loving knowledgeable owners. I must start planning for their future. I need help! I'm in Orlando, Fl. Any suggestions, questions, offers, info.???? Most of what is on line refers to birds that have homing skills or live outdoors. Mine have been raised inside in flight cages, 2 per cage. Thanks even for prayers.

Jacki - 2013-07-18
I found a white dove on the side of the road about 3 years ago and I am trying to find out some information about doves (hense the interest in this site). He has some behavioral problems such as biting and I think this may be why he was abandoned. I am working on this, but I believe he was abused by former owners. He does want to be near me and play with me, but he just seems to peck me for no apparent reason. He'll be playing, then for some reason (?) he just starts to attack. He is aggressive with other people, but I believe, like I said, this may have to do with trust issues from a prior owner. I need to learn more about him, to find out what sort of 'goodies' I caan reward him with to help with this problem. He is very smart and likes to say good morning, and growls at the door with the dogs when someone comes. I guess he wants to protect me! With a little more information, I'm sure I can help him with his trust issues. If anyone has any ideas, please reply to thiss post. I will check back periodically. Thank you, Jacki.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-07-26

    These types of doves are known to have a rather aggressive and territorial nature, known to defend their mate. They will contest other doves, but will also engage in hetero-preening (preening another) or nibbling a partner. From your description I'm guessing it is some sort of control behavior. It doesn't sound like aggression, as aggressive behavior includes an attack posture (head low and drawn close to the body), a rush, and often a challenging note. It may simply be looking at you as its mate!

    These birds can begin to have behavioral changes when they are kept singly. Some pecking behaviors are learned and very hard to change. One suggestion that I've heard can sometimes help is to provide a mirror. This has been known to help with perceived companionship and they will often love it, though they may then tend to stay by the mirror a lot.
Iv - 2009-01-21
White Doves attract rats. This has been attested by our near neighbour. Not only that but their dropppings are a health hazard, not to mention the damage to rooves.
Their inane cooings are insufferable. Bring on the Sparrowhawks i say!

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  • A.Murphy - 2010-07-19
    How narrowminded. Too bad. Inane cooings?
  • Gina (aka Poobear The Texas Polar Bear :-) - 2010-09-04
    What a horrid way to look at the beautiful white dove. It is only natural that they have droppings as any bird does and not any bird has a pleasant dropping or considered to be healthy as far as walking in them. As for the cooing, it is beautiful and as with all birds unique sounds(chirps, tweets and peeps) is designed by God. I have owned my gorgeous white dove "Diamond Girl" for many years and she is nothing less than a pure delight. As for rats, I supposed anything that has droppings could attract them but I have never had a problem with my "D.G" attracting rats or any type of vermin or insects. Doves are a blessing from God as are all birds and animals. You're comment to bring on the Sparrow Hawks is very uncaring and inhumane. A person that owns a white dove loves them just as people love any type of animal that they are blessed to have in their lives.
  • lola norris - 2010-12-07
    From viewing your comment, all i can say is "you do not know doves. " they are probably the most gentle bird out there and beauty to the eye. All birds have droppings. And the cooings are the best.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-21
    Not everyone likes the sound of doves. I have 5 and enjoy their sounds. I have had them for ten years and have not seen any rats. Perhaps your neighbor should acquire a cat to take care of the rat problem.
  • Devon - 2013-07-13
    Doves are known worldwide as the sweetest birds....and all birds have droppings.
gordon - 2013-04-13
More than a comment; a question that perhaps you may be able to answer me, I would appreciate the help. I have a female white dove (smaller kind) with red eyes...she was lonesome for 3 months and yesterday I found a fantail male dove and I put the male fantail in the cage with my white dove and after observing them for a few hours I figured it would be ok to leave them alone for a short time but I heard some ruffling about and when I looked, the male was pecking on the female, giving her a wound on her neck...there was also a little blood on the newspaper on the floor, but no blood on the white dove, only a mark on her neck where she was pecked...I am afraid the bigger fantail male will kill the smaller dove if I leave them this a posibility? Should I not put them together? I would hate myself if the male hurt the female more...will they get over it? Will they possibly become friends/mates? Thank you for any answers, comments...gordon.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-13
    It sounds like they aren't getting along all that great right now. If I were you, I'd keep a VERY close eye on them and see if they start getting along better. I wouldn't leave them alone together overnight until there have been no more episodes of fighting. It is quite possible that they could decide to be friends and become mates. But, you will just have to wait and see and monitor them in the meantime.
Rhea - 2011-12-10
Great Web Site! I have found oodles of info on my white dove here. I do have questions I am unable to find info about. I have also posted what type of cage we have our dove in to give others ideas.
We have had our white dove 'Lonesome' for about 6 mo now, I took him (not sure if male or female) in because I felt sorry for him when I first saw him. He was kept in a very small parakeet cage with no perch bars and an some sort of towel he stood on, on the bottom of the cage.
We put him in a rabbit cage 30 inches L x 18 W x 21 feet T with a solid bottom, with several perch bars and food and water dishes on both sides. We sprinkle grit on the bottom to resemble what comes natural to them by ground feeding.
He was very clumbsy at first as he had to learn how to stand and navagate to the other perches because he obviously had never used them before. Now six months later he is a pro, He seems to be very happy. My questions are simple and I hope other Dove owners can help me.
1. I don't think he is your typical Dove, Everything I have read says they are quiet birds. Mine on the other hand is very vocal! He coos ALL THE TIME all day. He sings his mating call with that funny inhaling sound (like one of those moo-ing toys when you turn it upside-down!) I am at the point of frustration with him. I have tried everything to quiet him and the only thing that works is a lazer light. We make sure th'e light does not shine by his eyes as we are aware of the damage they can cause. We flicker it fast on the celing to divert his attention or we put the light on his feet and he stops and moves away from it because he doesnt like it on his feet. Any ideas or suggestions on how to quiet him? Not completly, just not as often.

2. Do Doves need/like nests? Should we try one any suggestions on the type?

Thanks ~ Rhea

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-11
    Little unusual and my guess would be that you have a male. I wouldn't keep doing the light thing cuz you just might really be scaring him. Hold him. Just hold him. Second option is to get a female and then yes you would need a nest box.
  • Lynda Bradford - 2012-01-13
    he is cooing because he is trying to attract a mate
  • abe - 2012-01-30
    With the light you might as well throw rocks at him. Stop that. He coos for love and attention. Take him out of that jail house you call a cage and love on him and let him walk and flutter around awhile. He is not going anywhere. We take our doves out on the porch and let them fly about to different perches. We also have a big cage out there so they can get some sun and fresh air, they love it. They don't just want to fly away from you, unless they know you are mean and don't really care for them. He is always going to coo. That is part of it. A partner will slow his cooing down some, but not completely.
  • alyssa - 2012-08-28
    Doves as a general rule are vocal creatures, that's their natural instinct. If anything, light spurs them on, the reverse of what you're after here. They are very communicative, sometimes just talking to them can be a solution; if you were going to provide a nest, you'd need a female. Yes they are quiet and tame, but they also like to be very much a part of what's going on, and love to show off too as well as playing ! Sometimes a male will get noisy when he's rambunctious and wants a mate.
  • janet - 2012-09-17
    It is hard for me to believe that the wonderful sound of a dove cooing could ever be bothersome to anyone. It is the most wonderful sound I hear everyday, To use a lazer light is border line animal abuse, that poor dove did not get a better home, perhaps you should give him away to someone that will enjoy the beautiful sound of his cooing.
  • Heidi - 2013-04-08
    Rhea Using a lazer light - yes, that is cruel! Cruel! Cruel! If you don't love the cooing then find that Dove a good home. You cannot do that to the bird, you will scare him to death! Is that what you want. I am hard on you, but that is cruel! If I lived nearby or could get the bird, I would take him off your hands and love him. I own a laughing dove that coos all the time and laughs all the time. He is so happy and I am never annoyed at his cooing. To get a dove to stop cooing is to take away what he is. That is the innate characteristics that God put into the bird when he made him. It's like a cat without a 'meow' or a cow without a 'moo' or a chicken without a 'cluck-cluck' - you get my point? You may be annoyed, but that's you and you cannot change the bird, you would be destroying it to try to change it. I commend you for taking the bird on after seeing the terrible condition it was it, which was pitiful and animal cruelty. I've had my dove for many years - he is my family. I love him so much. Please treat your dove right and never again do this. You would be far better off to give it to someone who will love it and one that enjoys the cooing. If you do find it a home, I would really make absolute sure that person has experience in handling doves. Some people just don't know how to take care of birds. I'm sure you don't want the bird to go to someone that would make it's life worse or mistreat it or neglect it.