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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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Leon Andersen - 2011-09-13
Can you have 1 cock in with 2 hens?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-13
    No they are territorial and they will fight. Someone will get hurt.
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Elisha Metcalf - 2011-09-05
I don't know if anyone is still responding to this thread but I read a lot of the posts and so far this has been very helpful. We found a white dove on at my husbands work (he runs a landfill). She hanging around for a few hours so I sent my son and brother to go get her. Good thing I did as I looked up online and found they are domesticated and do not live well in the wild at all. Plus, we have a bad storm here right now! I have no idea where to begin with her. Does she live indoors in a cage or outdoors? What can I feed her? Is dove food easy to find? She has bugs all over her how can I get rid of them? I guess I will keep her in a box or something for tonight and will hopefully be able to figure something out tomorrow. ANY advice would be greatly appreciated! I don't know anything about raising domesticated birds let alone doves because I have never been a fan of the idea of having birds as pets, a bird in a cage just seems so cruel to me. But in this case it would be more of a rescue situation so I would be more ok with the idea. Thank you for all of your stories, please HELP!!!!

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  • Daniel llamas - 2011-09-05
    I don't know nothing really about white doves but I just found one outside my apartment it was injured dont really know what to do with it I put it in a box for tonight and gave him rice,pieces of tortilla and water see what happens tomorow.
  • Elisha Metcalf - 2011-09-06
    Thank you so much for your reply Toby! I had read so much about doves at so many different websites I didn't remember which one it was that I actually asked the question on. Anyway, I think I would like to keep her. From everything I've read they seem like a relatively easy pet to keep and I just feel like she was meant to be with me for some reason. We've named her Dovey Franklin. (I love Benjamin ;) We got her a wild bird seed mix and some grit from petco. I've put them in separate bowls along with fresh water. I keep her in one of those plastic totes that come with lids that you store away holiday decorations etc. with a towel that I keep changing a couple times a day. I just cut a shoe box in half and filled it with soft scraps of cloth for a little makeshift nest to make her feel more safe tonight. She flies but not too far and not too well. She has a pretty rough landing and falls forward and appears a little off balance at times but she is eating and pooping well and seems fine considering. I also got her some Ultra Care Mite and Lice Spray and have sprayed her a few times and am just hoping it works pretty quickly. I just feel bad for her for having those all over her and I would like not having to deal with a mite infestation in my house. We are trying to figure out (my husband and I) if what kind of cage we are going to get or we are possibly looking into making a custom one. I'd love to have her something for outside too so she can go out when the weathers nice. Do you think it's ok to have just one and do you have any idea how to tell the sex? Again, thank you so much for your reply, I didn't know if anyone was listening. :)
    Daniel, how crazy that we found a white dove on the exact same day.
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frank cade - 2011-09-02
Could someone give me info on why I can't get white doves to breed? I have 9 in a very large cage and I know there are males but they never hatch young. Thanks

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-02
    Do you know if the eggs are fertile? Are the eggs fertile and the females not sitting them or are the eggs infertile. How many eggs in a clutch. Are there just the two eggs. White doves usually (normally) ever have 2 eggs. Do you have 3 or more eggs and possibly two females using the same nest box? What do you mean large cage? Friend of mine is breeding several pairs in a large cage - it is the size of a 4 car garage. White doves are not known for community breeding situations. They usually like privacy. They usually adapt though. Also, how many nest boxes do you have up? Have you seen any mutual preening (mating) between the pairs? There are many reasons - I am sure. I would like to help but I would need more information. OK? Sometimes they just don't know how to do it and it takes awhile before they catch on.
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Lela - 2009-08-16
I have a rather large bird feeder in my yard under a large tree. The feeder is attached to a pulley and a rope. I raise and lower the feeder by the pulley to fill it. I always have a lot of birds of all kinds. The other evening at dusk I noticed there were no birds around. I stepped out side and in another tree sat a beautiful, single white dove. It was not afraid and did not fly away. I went out a number of times and it just watched me. The next morning I went out to fill the bird feeder for the week. I noticed as I walked out the door the beautiful, white dove was sitting in the same place in the same poise. It did not move and was not frightened. I watched it's eyes. The eyes followed me as I filled the bird feeder. I watered some plants that were directly under the feeder. I went into the house. I never saw the dove feed. But I did notice that there were no other birds around all morning. The only other time I saw anything like this was when a Blue Jay came around. All the birds left for awhile as long as the Blue Jay was around the feeder. Can anyone tell me if this a normal reaction of the birds? Does a white dove usually show up at dusk? Does it have an oman when it does show up at a home and stays for awhile (except that it is hungry)? Any comments would be really appreciated. Thanks for making my day ... you little white, winged dove.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-23
    I have had birds fly into the screen and some into the house. Some are fine and some are stunned. The ones that are stunned just don't move much - if at all. Their eyes are open but they don't really move. I pick them up to keep them warm and sometimes will place them in a box or on a towel to keep them warm again. I offer food/water etc. I pet them and they seem so content with that. Maybe they listen to see where the flock is. Maybe they are just comfortable. Sometimes they just won't let go of my hand or finger. Strange. Sometime I wonder if I have another permanent house guest. But whether it is a few hours - or even a couple of days, they return to their flock. I just take them out often and let them sit on my hand and they seem to cock their head, listen and then fly away.
  • Joe - 2011-08-22
    I was out cleaning my garbage holder with a water hose. I heard bird wings
    flutter behind me.....I was stooping down....and when I turned around I saw this big white dove .. just behind me. It did not fly away as I approached it... So I got a container to put out water for the dove...and went into the house to get some dry oatmeal and regular bird seed...and placed beside the water container. I went back into the house....and hours later when I came back outside....the dove was gone (seemingly)
    and hour or two later I drove my wifes car around to take a bag of garbage to the dump... I got out of the car....put the bag in the back of the station wagon....got in the car....and the bird appeared against the window. We left and returned about an hour later....The dove was perched on top of my truck and is still there... I placed the water and oatmeal/birdseed on top of the truck near the bird....which did not fly away...
    not sure what to do......must be someones pet.....any suggestions? Joe
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lorna mc keever - 2011-08-16
Ten white doves were released near my home. They have not flown away. I am sure what to do. They seem quite tame. Any advice what to do with them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-16
    You can call the USDA or Fish and Game in your state. I really wouldn't know anything else to do and maybe they would know.
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Lara Sharber5 - 2011-08-08
One very brave white dove or homing pigeon is visiting my neighbor and good friend, Lural. He was unsure of the type of bird and came over with this wonderful story about Blanca the white dove. After reading up on the dove/pigeon similarities, we believe Blanca to be a sign of peace in that he/she is deffinitely a dove. Lural feared that one of the many felines or Isis, their guard dog, might harm her but despite the danger, Blanca has moved into Casey's room, Lural's roomate. The information here helped us to understand more about the nature of the white dove. We found it to be very useful. I'll keep you updated on the rest of Blanca's journey.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-09
    Aren't they soothing. Love that small little noise they make.
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GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-18
We have white doves. We have a very large aviary. With approx.15 doves.We have 8 nesting boxes at different levels.
Our doves lay lots of eggs , but none are hatching.
We give our doves food,fresh water to drink daily,a large bowl of water for bathing,grits,treats,vitamins and lots of love....
We put sand in there nests,with pine straw...they lay lots of eggs ,but none ever hatch.Can someone tell me what more can we do....Thanking you all in advance for any help you can offer...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-18
    WOW doves usually breed quite well. I have some questions first. How old are the doves and did you get them all at the same time? There are males and females - not just by coincedence all females? Breeding does not necessarily come naturally. Birds usually see the breeding, sitting and parenting activities in a flock. If you happened to purchase all young doves then you might just have to wait till they catch on. The other choice is to purchase a pair of proven doves (that know what they are doing) so the rest can see. My vet had me do this as my macaws weren't catching on. It worked. Are the paents sitting the eggs? Can you candle the eggs with a flashlight to see if fertile? My guess is they just don't know what they are doing yet and movies won't work. They will learn or you will have to get a proven pair to show them. I would also put some carefresh ( little) on top of the sand amd straw and a few twigs for them to chew so they are essentially making a nest. Is there a perch by each of the nest boxes so the male can PROTECT the female while incubating and reverse when he is sitting the eggs? Do you have food dishes set up bu each of the nest boxes being used? Are the doves sitting in pairs on a perch by the next box. I'd even up the birds also - so each has a mate. So do youhave males and females? Are they all the same age and you acquired them all at the same time? Do you have a screw in perch by eachof the nest boxes where male and female will pair and guard their box and then protect and watchwhile the other is incubating? Food set up? Male female pairing behavior? Are the eggs fertile? Sorry so many questions but if you want to figure it out - we just have to go to the basics.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
    5 months to 5 years - and nothing. One other thing is that some birds like their privacy to mate. Sounds nuts but it is true. If there is a way to provide additional privacy around the nest box - that might help a lot. How I did it (with caiques) was to take 3 pieces of sheet metal - about 30 x 30 (can't remember the size) and I made an invetered U, clipping the pieces of the sheet metal together. Than I hung that inside the cage - using cage clips right before the nest box. The females are laying fertile eggs but not sitting. Or are the females laying infertile eggs? There is another possibility. Most of the information I can find, say that Doves are not good in community breeding situations - in other words they want privacy and their own area/cage. I bed parrots and also had pet doves (two females as it turned out) and I swear my macaws would wait to DO IT when I walked in the door. A friend of mine had dovs which bred and the aviary was about the size of a 2 - 3 car garage though. First to figure out is if they are actually mating and eggs are fertile and then not sitting? Or are they not sitting? Either could be a privacy issue. Perch will help with sitting and some sort of a divider should help with privacy. How large is the aviary?
  • GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-19
    Cheryl,Thank you for all the information.
    We purchased the doves at different times.They range in age from five months to four years.
    The cage is a large walk-in aviary, so they have lots of room.The nesting boxes consist of plastic, baskets and bowls..with sand and pine needles .. they sit on a board shelf,spaced so the doves have room to walk around them. I did not think about a perch. I will try that ..Thank you so very much .
    I have candled the eggs that have been laid ,I did find one that had a baby,but the shell had a hole in it.Sad.So I know we have at least one male.
    The doves are always bowing and cooing ,and... shall we say loving on each other..
    I do appreciate your help.
  • GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-19
    The aviary is 86 inches wide x 62 inches deep x 79 inches high Walk in size. Very plenty of room. The doves are sitting on the eggs ...sometimes 8-10 eggs will be under one dove, and 2 eggs in another. They are very protective of their eggs ,We give it 15 days candle them and throw them out .I would think maybe it is to hot for them , but then we have a breeding pair,that are producing very well..They just had a clutch...It is a puzzle to me. But I will keep trying,and will try all you have suggested. Thank you again so very much.
  • GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-19
    I see you are on facebook !So are we..We could become friends if you like.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
    Friends are good things See you on Facebook. I have been introducing some of my friends to some of my animals. One just asked me if I was nuts...... I like my birds.

    Other though is 5 X 8 is good size but for 7 - 8 pairs - that is pretty small. This is just off the top of my head but let's say a pair wants about a 2 X 2 area (doves don't take a lot of space) but they also want privacy so we are up to 3 X 3 ft. 9 feet times 8 pairs would be 72 feet and you have 40. The aviary is high but up and down doesn't really count as they all want the height for breeding. Frustrating. Per my vet telling me, I purchased a proven pair of macaws and put them dead center in the aviary. All the macaws watched and then one by one going down on both sides of the aviary - they all did it.
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Becky - 2011-06-01
I just got a new white dove it is the most cutest bird I have ever seen but can someone please tell me what they eat?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    A commercial dove and pigeon mix or a regular parakeet seed mix supplemented with greens rich in minerals, vitamins, and calcium is a fine diet. White Doves love treats. They not only enjoy their greens, but will also enjoy spray millet and such things as crumbled cornmeal and bread. Grit is essential as all Ringneck Doves swallow their food whole, and it helps grind up the food. Oyster shell or even cuttlebone can be added for calcium and is important for egg layers.
  • Kate - 2011-06-13
    I just feed mine parakeet food, yet I have dove mix and feed it grit every once and a while (the grit is needed for digestion)
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Sheryl - 2011-06-06
I have two white doves. They have hatched out eggs before but the last two times the babies have died. Should I separate the babies from the adults and if so when should I do this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-06
    Are they feeding the babies? If they are feeding the babies without problems and the babies are not cold then I would just leave them with the parents till 10 - 14 days and then start hand feeding. If you don't wish to hand feed and the parents are doing it then the parents would teach the babies how to get out of the nest and eat food etc. Make sure you have easy things to eat that are soft for both parents and babies. Now, the hard part, if the parents are not feeding the babies then pull them now. You can put the babies in a container with carefresh or diapers (cloth) but a smooth cloth without snags, or an aqaurium - anything flat with sides. Put a heating pad wrapped in a towel on low under 1/2 the container. You need to keep the babies warm. Think the parents body temperature is 105 and they are normally in the nest with the babies so also put a towel or cover over the top of the container to make sure no drafts. It would also be best to place a bowel of water near by to try and increase the humidity for the babies. Now for hand feeding. You can hand feed (there are commercial hand feeding mixes at the pet store). Try Kaytee. You can feed with a syringe or a spoon. You mix the formula (I would mix it with pedialyte to start with)
    and the temperature should be between 100 and 105. You do not dump or squirt the mixture down the throat - honest. You lay the mixture on the tongue and let them swallow. You start out with the mixture the consistency of a baby bottle and you will be feeding every 2 - 3 hours - you can skip one time at night. Then you will gradully thicken the formula to ketchup consistency and you will be feeding about 3 times a day. You will be offering the babies soft foods also. When they start to eat soft foods, then you cut back to twice a day morning and night and then finally once a day in the evening. This whole process should be about 8 - 12 weeks. If I can answer anything else please just let me know. I wish you luck and hopefully it was just the parents first time at raising babies and it takes practice.
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Alisoney - 2011-05-22
I have kept 5 white doves for 7 years and love them to bits. I have 2 dovecotes for them and they fly and walk around freely but always return home! Lately I have noticed 1 in particular has pink patches around her face does anyone know what this is and do I need to do anything? Thank you in advance for a response!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-22
    I don't know what you mean by pink patches. Do you mean bare patches where feathers are missing? In any case, I would take the dove to the vet. If it is nothing, then no harm done. However, you have 7 so if it is something you need to know what it is so you can treat all of them if necessary.
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