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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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MC - 2013-02-27
I have recently acquired a white dove that I assume is male because it hasn't laid any eggs. He sings ALL THE TIME. Is this normal behavior? I hope he isn't lonely as his mate died a while back.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-27
    Hmm, most doves don't generally 'sing', but they do usually make cooing sounds. He may be lonely, but introducing a new bird isn't always the best idea because doves are territorial and they also mate for life. Do you give him plenty of attention? Doves usually like human interaction and can become quite friendly with their owners!
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linda - 2013-02-26
I just acquired a pair of male and female white doves. They are 8 months old, but were nest mates and are brother and sister. The female has been laying eggs, but the previous owner discarded them as she did not want more doves. I am getting conflicting answers on letting the brother and sister interbreed. He has been mounting her and they seem to be bonded at 8 months old. Will there be complications in the young if I let them breed? I do have another 3 year old female that has been laying unfertilized eggs and was wondering if it would be best to see if she and the 8 month old male would mate and put the 'sister' in another cage. Please tell me your thoughts on the 'interbreeding' as the 8 month olds were nest mates. Or if I am on the right track by putting the other female, totally unrelated in with the male. Thanks so much. Linda

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Pet Kid - 2013-01-19
I'm looking for a white dove as a pet and was wondering if anyone knew which dove to pick. I lost my bird (past away) and was looking for a new pet bird. I want a white dove but don't know where to get one (hopefully from a breeder). Also I want to know what type to get. Thx (: Pet Kid

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-20
    There is really only one type of White Dove. These birds are actually a color form of the common ringneck dove, and they make wonderful pets. The 'wedding doves' are not the same thing. They are a larger bird and are 'homing pigeons' that are used for release at weddings as they will return to their dove cote. The white dove is usually readily available from breeders. Check at your local pet store that carries birds. They may be able to get you one, or should be able to point you to a bird farm, breeder. or bird club.
  • gayla - 2013-01-31
    I have a white dove I need to rehome I am allergic to him, I just bought him a couple of months ago. With cage I am asking a rehoming fee of 40. if interested let me know thanks
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janet - 2013-01-23
My female has laid so many eggs in the last10 months and not one has hatched! Maybe my male is shooting blanks! The female is a second mate for my male, she is about 14 months and he is almost 8yrs old! Sure would love some babies! ! !

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asad - 2013-01-20
I have female white dove and her age is approx two years and she is already laying unfertile eggs. Now I got a male white dove and his age is approx 5 months. The female dove beat him and the male is very disturbed. Now my question is that please tell me can they be a pair or should I get another aged male? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-20
    It's cool that your female is laying, but your male is too young. They shouldn't even be put in a breeding situation until they are at least 6 months of age. I'd say it's a 'wait and see' if you want these two birds to breed, otherwise you may want to find a suitably aged partner.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-20
    Thanks Clarice.
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kelly - 2012-12-26
how much is your white dove and is it a female

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Liz - 2012-12-10
I have a white female dove, she has been staying at the bottom of her cage for the last two weeks. I thought she may have been trying to lay an egg. She sometimes would do this when she was ready. She's eating and drinking as normal. She does not seem to be hurting or anything. Would any one have any ideas why? She is about 8 yrs old.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-10
    Usually if they are on the bottom, they are ill so you might want to take her to the vet.  Second thought is if she is on a smooth doll rod - their feet will cramp and they can't hold it.  I'd get a perch for her that is not smooth and you can take one from a fruit tree (safe).  You can use a branch from a poine tree or even oak.  Just wash it off throughly.  Doll rods - they always put them in cages but does serious hurt to parrots trying to hang on.  Next though is you say she laid an egg while on the bottom - again vet as maybe egg bound - could that be happening.  You could tell by the behavior -
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nicky - 2012-11-27
I really enjoy your website I found a lot of good info on here . I have a question though , my dove doesn't seem to want to take a bath for some reason . I tried a few different size of bowls , a water sprayer that you would use for your hair and she just doesn't like it . She will get out of it or walk away and what temperature should the water be , cold , lukewarm?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-28
    Room temperature to luke warm.  Some birds do not like bathing - they just don't.  You can just spritz them down a few times a week by spritzing water over their head.  I have one that will only bathe and in her water bowl every time she hears the vacumn running.  I have one that pitches a fit so bad - I had one that would turn the faucets in the kitchen sink on and bathe herself.  They are so different but many just do not like it.  A quick few spritzes over the top of head works and they usually get used to it.
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Nettie S. - 2012-10-27
A white dove showed up at our house one day and has stayed here because we have bird feeders in our yard. I was wondering what we could do for it during the winter as far as housing. I would prefer not to try and bring it inside but I didn't know if there was a way to keep it safe outside during the harsh winter weather.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-27
    Doves can be housed outside as long as the aviary is dry, insulated, draft free, and placed in a sunny location.
  • lynne trowern - 2012-11-12
    Hey Nettie...where do you live? I live in Issaquah Highlands.  My dove escaped in october this year around the time you posted your comment! she never returned. I am about to go buy another dove, as her male mate misses her! (ukqt40@aol.com)
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darlene kirkpatrick - 2011-09-16
I have ring neck doves. All are between 6-8 years old. one of my females has been falling. I find her on her back struggling to get up and have to turn her over. does anyone have any idea what might be wrong with her? she seems ok otherwise.

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  • rachel harris - 2012-10-20
    Can she walk ok?no sprained or broken toes or legs?how is her appetitehopefully not a nuerological disorder brain related maybe she should see a vet please let me know how how she is thank you
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