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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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Peter A Meyer - 2011-12-14
I am in Eltham, Victoria, Australia. I found a small white dove last Sunday (Dec. 11) on my lawn. It happily allowed me to pick it up and I found it was covered in bird lice. It is now deloused, wormed and settling in to its cage nicely, with a flutter around my unit every now and again. It is feeding well on a local brand of complete canary mix (Trill) which has all necessary seeds, shell grit, multivitamin supplement, red and green capsicum, etc., and judging by the amount of rear-end production its internals are working fine. I think it is barely fledged and is a beautiful little bird with a very trusting, friendly nature, but I can't get it to take a bath, and I always thought most birds love a bath.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fire it up in this department? I tried before and if a bird can look disapproving, this one did.

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  • Laurie - 2012-03-18
    I have 13 White Doves who live outside year round. They love baths and frequent misting from a garden hose(summer time only). They are very picky about their 'bathtub' though. There are two containers of water. Once small, for drinking, and a bigger one for bathing in. However, most times I find them bathing in the smaller one. Silly birds.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-15
    All birds do not like a bath. Some do but I have found that most do not. However, you can spritz her with water or just spritz her with the kitchen sprayer if you have one. You can try different things and possibly she will be OK with one of them. Most don't. They will learn to tolerate a spritzing if gentle and aimed above the head. Weird - right?
  • Peter A Meyer - 2011-12-16
    Thanks Charlie. I'll just try her (?) with a kitchen spray bottle and see if I get glared at again!

    Well, that wasn't a success - she was happily sitting on top of her cage watching me until I started spraying, tolerated it for about 10 seconds, then cleared off! It's a quite warm day so no harm done.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-16
    Keep trying with the spritzer as he ? might get used to it. Some birds just do not like baths. I have one that will bathe in his water bowl every time I run the vacumn close to him but forget trying to bathe him. Impossible. I turn the vacumn on and just let it sit and he goes crazy bathing in his water bowl. Go figure. Good luck.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-05
    That is funny and yes they do make one big mess when decide to bathe in water bowl. Mine still bathes in water bowl every time I run the vacumn. They eventually get us trained.
  • Peter A Meyer - 2012-01-05
    Charlie my dove finally told me it wanted a bath by making an almighty mess trying to have one in its water bowl. I put in a larger bowl of water and it happily had its bath OK. Trouble is that was 2 weeks ago before I had a brief holiday, and it hasn't tried since!
  • Peter A Meyer - 2012-03-15
    I think my dove has an aversion to cleanliness. It had one bath since I found it, and won't even take a dust bath (let alone one in water), unlike its native Crested Pigeon cousins around here. It's moulting at the moment and I am having a snowstorm in late summer/early autumn!
  • Geraldine Mccall Woodcox - 2012-04-15
    I have 2 beautiful doves one male one female and they love love love a shower in the shower. I make the water luke warm and they sit on my finger and open their wings and all they enjoy it,but keep away from the face. I always dry them off after as to not let them get a draft
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Kevin Bushrod - 2012-04-07
We have set up a breeding shed along side of dove shed. Two pairs have laid eggs but the first pair introduced to nesting shed would not let the 2nd pair settle so they nested in the shed with the others. Can anyone give me any help on getting more than one pair in nesting shed please we have only had doves for aprox 4 weeks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-07
    If you are saying that you have one nesting box (shed) then you can only expect one pair to use one box. Doesn't make any difference how big the box is. If you have two pair of doves you should have two (preferably three) nest boxes. I do not understand what you mean that they nested in the shed with the others.
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mary - 2012-03-26
how do i get rid of the starlings that have invaded my feeder, and not scare off my other birds?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-26
    I don't think there is a way to scare a particular species of bird away without scaring the others.
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Christi - 2011-09-11
I recently obtained a white dove from someone that nursed it back to health. He is very friendly and I would like to find him a friend to keep him company. I think maybe a female as I'm not sure if two males can live together peacefully. If anyone has any leads on a white female dove in the St. Louis, Mo. or Southern Western Illinois Please respond.

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    Joyanne - 2012-01-16
    Hi, I just have a little concern, I hope someone can help me?. A bird has kind of adopted me. I think it is a white pigeon with some black. It has been living in my yard for just over a week. I do feed it. It sleeps in my water drain on my roof. But does'nt fly any further than my roof. It seems to be quite tame. My noisy kids don't scare it. It even tried to come into my house! It has no ring or id tags. Should I be worried? It is eating lots. But I was also hoping to get a cat soon. But I don't want anything to happen to this beautiful bird. Thank you. I hope someone can help as getting a bit worried about it.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
      WOW this could be so many different things ranging from the bird is just fine to the bird is really old and settled away from the flock. It could also have gotten separated from it's human owner which is why it comes in the home and is so tame.
    • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-16
      Just some thoughts in if the little fella is this tame. it belonged to someone or at least had a flock. If it is old and separated from the flock or just separated from its human, it probably can't make it on it own through winter - depending on where you live. If it comes in the house - just pick it up and put it in any kind of a holding cage. You can keep it for a pet or you can take it to a rehabilatation facility. You can also put a bird cage where it is nesting on the roof and fill the cage with hay or carefresh so it can stay warm. The SPCA called me to care for a dove that had been lost somehow in a hurricane. I realized the dove was blind and I lived in Fl so just for temporary, I put her in my dogs kennel. I have no idea how she did it but a male dove got in there and showed her the 'ropes' and they had 4 babies. Somehow the male showed her around, where the food was and he cared for the babies and her. It was a wonder to see and have. Few years went by and there were about 15 doves and they went in and out of the dog kennel as they saw fit.
    • mary - 2012-01-16
      What state are you from? It sounds like my dove, as I think mine has expanded, her feeding route, yes here in MI she is still flying, shivering some nights I know, imagine a white bird in white snow. Shes had to see same days, then a white cat was stalking her about a month ago, but someone at work told me to put orange peel in the yard,and I haven't seen the cat since. Can anyone tell me where in the USA someone builds Dovecotes, I can only find them in the UK, and shipping is terrible.
    • Andrea Ghent - 2012-03-01
      Hi, we had the same experience with what we eventually figured must have been an Ice Pigeon. No tags or ID, stunningly beautiful, tame and we ended up taking her in for almost half a year. When summer hit we would take her outside for walks outside. She had homing abilities and would do flights around our neighbourhood. One day she took a longer flight than normal and we think she got lost. We spent most of the rest of the summer and fall calling for her. If you're in Ontario, let me know, we'd love to find her again.
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    Denise - 2012-03-05
    Well a strange thing happened the other day. The male dove I thought I had, had 2 eggs in the bottom of the cage. We have had this dove for 10 years. Nothing before ever never .....Has anybody heard of this?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-05
      Strange but normal. It happens. Person wrote in and their MALE was 26 years old and laid eggs for the first time. If you haven't thrown the eggs out, just put them in a dish with carefresh or torn up paper towel so she can sit them if she wants. After 15 days - throw them out. Frequently if they don't sit the eggs or the eggs get tossed, they will lay eggs again. If you already threw them out, don't worry about it but let her sit them if she wants the next time.
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    Joshua - 2012-02-14
    I have two male white doves that I got last year. I feed them wild bird food. Should they be fed the nutrient filled bird food found for parakeets, finch, and lovebirds, etc.
    Also, I had a cuttle-bone, and they didn't want anything to do with it. What about their talons/feet should they be clipped?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
      I would feed them a nutient filled food - I would think there would be a seed for doves but I just don't remember. Remember they can eat anything you eat that is nutitional. Give them a little taste of meatloaf or chicken or brocoli. Birds in the wild can forage and birds housed can't so you can just offer. Nah, probably wouldn't do anything with a cuttlebone but doesn't hurt to lieave it in the cage. I like those concrete perches for birds and you get one (I think medium) for the doves and you place that perch as the highest perch in the cage. They usually sleep at the highest point and that should keep their nails and beak trimmed. You can also place it in front of the feed dish if they sleep in a nesting area.
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    Jim - 2010-07-27
    I found a white dove in my evergreen trees sat. He must be from a wild grey dove as I seen her next to him. He was gone for three days and I spotted him again on Tues. today. Caught him but am going to release him. Has any one ever heard of this before? I live in the country.

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    • noel mccarten - 2010-08-19
      I found a fan tail white dove about a year ago on my pathway. It was exhausted and near to death. He was about 2 weeks old. I kept him in a very large outdoor cage with a small dog box for shelter. When it became old enough and stronger I was given a white fan tail hen. They mated almost immediately and hatched two eggs. The chicks were well for 2 weeks then one died. I kept the other one with the parents until 1 week ago when I put it in its own cage and house on top of the parents house. I erected an open polecote today and intend to move the young dove into it and train it to free fly hopefully to return to the polecote and use one of the 8 nesting boxes as its home. Mating has now commenced again with the two adults so I am hoping for more eggs and eventually more chicks. I must admit I love keeping the doves and find it a very rewarding hobby. You should try it jim. Do not release it as it may perish. Try housing it in a roomy cage and see how you go. Good luck.
    • CJ - 2010-10-25
      Doves are not native to any country with evergreen trees. Please try to rehome said bird, or keep it yourself. It is most likely someone's bird that they foolishly released or accidentally got out of the house. They do not do well with cooler, wet climates & are normally eaten by any prey birds around.
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    michelle - 2012-02-05
    Hi can anybody help me. I have two white doves that have just mated. The eggs have hatched they are nearly 3 weeks old. We let them out yesterday and one of them has not returned. I am realy worried and very upset. It knows our whistle and we have walked looking and whistling for her and had no luck. Can anyone give me some help or advise. It is the female that has gone will the male take over and look after the chicks.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-05
      Both the male and female dove usually feed the hatclings so maybe you will be fortunate in that respect. I'd get some feeding formula and a feeding syringe at the pet store just in case though. The female - she may have gotten lost and maybe4 she doesn't hear your whistle. One thing that possibly might help is to leave a strong light (flashlight, lantern, house lights - whatever) and a radio on close to the cage so the female can hear it and see it very visually in the evening. They don't usually move at all at night so start the light and the radio around 4 pm and leave on. If she hears something familar or sees a light it might draw her attention. It has worked - so there is hope. I am sorry.
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    Ruby H - 2011-11-21
    I have a silly question. Sometimes when my dove is just flitting around when he lands he giggles. Seriously does anybody know what this means?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-21
      Not a silly question. My human had a cockatoo and the cockatoo would just click for an hour at a time. Just click. She called everyone and asked why the c;licking and no one could answer. My guess is they just happen to like making a particular sound and they repeat it over and over.
    • Peter A Meyer - 2011-12-14
      Friends of mine in Melbourne had a Galah (Rose-breasted Cockatoo) that must have been reared with a cat because it purred!
    • Lynda Bradford - 2012-01-13
      That is a natural landing sound for doves. Then they will flicker their wings to welcome each other.
    • abe - 2012-01-30
      He is most likely a she. My male only coos and my younger female laughs when landing or when she is picking at the male! Also the male can only walk real slow, but hops real fast when he is after the female. She walks real fast. I don't know if all males and females have this same feature.
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