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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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! (
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
Angie - 2012-10-14
One of my white doves is looking a bit shabby, when do they stop moulting?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Pigeons and doves can molt once a year though doves most often molt every other year. They usually do it towards the end of the summer. When the molt starts, it usually just replaces a few feathers at a time, not all at once. It starts with the wing feathers, the body molts throughout the period, and the tail feathers molt last. Sometimes there can be a radical molt, where a bunch of body feathers drop leaving a bald spot for a short period of time. The molt can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Hot weather may also cause them to molt, or remove some pin feathers.
Angie - 2012-10-08
I've now hand reared 2 white doves, I saved from getting eaten from the farm cat. They are very different to each other and may well keep them.

blake - 2012-08-28
My diamond dove layed a egg but she won't sit on it but she does put alot of nesting around it. Is this normal or is the egg a dud an she doesn't care for it?  The second egg is usually laid with in two days.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-28
    Your dove will lay two (normally) eggs and she usually doesn't sit the eggs until both eggs are laid.  Nest prepartion, watching over the first egg, making sure that little egg is safe - she will do that but she won't actually start incubating until the second egg is laid. 
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-28
    So far she has only laid 1 egg an its been a day but now she is starting to incubate it will there be no second egg?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-28
    My guess is she is getting ready to lay the second egg - it jus that she happens to be laying the second egg where the first egg already is.  She can have only one but unusual.  So probably just laying the second egg.
  • Mauro - 2012-09-20
    Doves for the most part lay two eggs but is not unusual if they only lay one. From my experience the female will sit on the nest a day or two before layig the first egg and remain there. I have never seen any unattended eggs at all.
Linda burton - 2012-09-01
We have some doves about 15. Then one night they went off but come back during the day to feed and one pair have got eggs and sitting on them but we do not understand why the don't sleep here as they always did until about two weeks ago will they come back please x

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-01
    That seems to be a little reversed.  I normallyhear that the doves would go out during the day and roam around and come back to roost at night - you hva ethe opposite occuring.  They have obviously found what they believe to be a safer or better or high roosting place for night that they feel safe with.  They come home to feed during the day.  I do not know if come winter they will come back to roost or essentially you are feeding an acclimated but essentially free flock.  They might all be trying to build nests - possibly someone on this site has more knowledge that can help.  However, doves do and can fly free and flock.
clint - 2012-08-31
My diamond dove layed 2 eggs this morning. I found one splattered on the bottom but it wasnt fertile. Did the parents kick it out? The nest is getting really big like over the top of the nest and they keep adding. Should I be worried or is this normal? What should I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-31
    Possibly the dove tossed the egg out but more likely is the mom dove thought she had to 'poop' or stepped outside the box and the egg got laid and splattered.  Not everything goes perfectly.  Possibly the nest box is too small or possibly you are giving them too much material to put into the nest - either way it is an easy solution.  My guess is the nest box is too small.  For dove nest boxes and possibly some ideas you can follow this link.
janet - 2012-05-07
If my doves eggs do not hatch after 21 days, what should i do with the eggs? the female is very,very protective of her eggs. it is her 1st eggs &she &her mate both sit on the eggs in thee nest. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-07
    Let her sit the eggs and usually they get bored with them. Dove eggs usually hatch at around 14 days so if you waited 17 days or so - then you can just remove the eggs and throw them out. Give them a new toy to play with - it would be nice.
  • damitamone - 2012-06-30
    My dove gets very depressed if I just throw her eggs away. No matter how long it takes I just wait for her to abandon the eggs before I remove them from the cage.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-26
    Well doves eggs are supposed to hatch 2-4 weeks I think some times theres not always something in the eggs. Some doves will lay 2 eggs and only 1 will hatch. That's normal. Just wait for the birds to leave there nest to get food or something and take the eggs to the trash, the worst the bird can do is peck you but there beaks are really soft so it wont hurt. HOPE THIS HELPED:)))
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-31
    Thanks for your input, she keeps laying I let her sit on them for a very long time now the eggs are empty again. 3 in her nest, 1 from the time before the last 2. I have done everything I have read and tried all suggestions. She just keeps laying unfertile eggs. thanks all janet
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-31
    Got it now.  You said 3 in her nest?  Doves lay two.  You have two females.  They both think they are 'mating' and they are both laying.  Separating them might help but probably you are going to have to get two males (if you wish to breed) or possibly you can swap a female for a male.  It is too many eggs - so I am about 95% sure you have two females.  In any case you will have to separate them.  I am sorry cuz I know hard cuz they obviously like each other but it just won't be good for them.   So two males (and I know how do you find two males?) that is difficult.  Two males or swap one female out for a male.  Accuracy in sexing can really only be done through DNA sexing.   
  • alyssa - 2012-08-28
    Actually, I have a vision impairment, and there are two ways I can sex doves... (a) Feel the breast bone, if it is nice and curvy, and has what feels like little lumps (thats actually bone/reproductive glands etc), that's a female... a male has a distinct flat breast bone. (b) listen to the pitch of the cooing, if you have a very hooty high-pitched sound, you have a female.. A more deep-throated sound is coming from a male. I have only once been wrong about this and that's because of my own error, I wasn't listening and feeling properly.
Tom Sharkey - 2012-08-13
Hello all and you too Charlie Roche. Well, now you can hear that white dove laugh, and it is a laugh, go to: It is exactly the same sound as my Coo Coo...Now I want to get a female and maybe get some babies to hand out to my family and friends for Christmas. Tom Sharkey

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-14
    I just think that is great.  All these years, I just thought it was the fairly unusual sound that said 'PICK ME UP' I flew over to you.  Thank you
scleveland - 2012-08-05
My mother has had white doves for probably 15 years now. She started with two and now has around 15... If the parents don't care for the young she will take them in.. As young as a few hours old. She even hatches Eggs if they are abandoned. They are very fun birds. We have had three or four that we can go on walks with them on our shoulders.. I have one she gave me to continue to hand feed because she had another new born as well and mine.. a male is so sweet and very easy to handle.. they are easy pets and my two year old Loves him and him my two year old :-)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-07
    They make wonderful pets.  People are talking about them laughing.  I had doves and i never heard them love just coo.  So soft and love the sound.
  • scleveland - 2012-08-08
    When they fly and land.. The hoo hoo hoo.. Coo sound .. Is what people call the laugh
  • scleveland - 2012-08-08
    When they fly and land.. The hoo hoo hoo.. Coo sound .. Is what people call the laugh
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-09
    OK  got it.  I always thought that that :what rhy say is laugh' was 'come and get me ma'  and I'd laugh and go get them