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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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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Kerry Leigh - 2011-05-13
A small white dove was handed in at the vets. It has a pink tinge on its wings. It was due to be put down (as it wasn't a native) but it seemed a pity so I brought it home and put it in an old aviary. It appears to be quite content and reasonably tame but I'm not used to looking after small birds. Is there anything I should particularly look out for?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-13
    There is an Animal World article attached which should give you all the basics regarding food/water and care. They make the most soothing sound I have ever heard. It is mesmerising. They are extremely soft and usually are and remain extremely tame. Watch her to make sure her poop doesn't look like diarrhea and there isn't white droppings around her vent. Bathe her so her feathers don't dry out and keep her away from drafts. They can take the cold without problems but don't like drafts. You don't need to cover it at night. Just enjoy her. If you have other questions just get back to us. OK?
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stephen - 2009-07-19
One day I came home from work and noticed a small white bird struggling to make the flight across a 6 lane hwy in my suburb of Sydney. He missed cars and trucks by sheer inches but managed to make it to the backyard clothesline of my unit block, totally exhausted, but to my joy in one piece. It was indeed a white dove. I picked him off the line and caged him with my pet cockatiel, they got on just fine. She passed 2 years later but 12 years on Georgie, as I named him, is still going strong and is as bright and happy as he ever was. It is a joy to wake up to his distinctive cooing and I can understand the symbolic meaning of dove and peace. I can highly recommend a dove as a pet for kids and adults alike.

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  • Tina Stamper - 2010-08-02
    I got my white dove a year ago from a pet store and you know thought it was a male for the past year until a couple of days later she had a egg but I'm confused can female birds lay eggs by their selves and if so is there a baby in there and if not what do I do?
  • geoffrey - 2011-04-27
    Only hens lay eggs, but 2 hens may pair up and sit on the eggs to no avail if there hasn't been a male bird present. I have 2 hens that have paired up and sit on 4 eggs every chance they get. I must say javas have got to be the most graceful of all birds. I have a flock of 5 with 2 babies in the nest. I keep mine in my living room in 3 separate cages but they have free flight every evening and sit with me and my partener while watching tv. Each 1 has their own personality. I would not part with my birds for anything.
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Becka Carter - 2010-08-08
I have 2 sets of Doves in the last 5 yrs. Only problem is both sets are females. I was hoping for male and female for breeding. I read that a male can also occasionally lay an egg. Is this true? One of mine is always nesting and sitting on eggs. But they never hatch and I remove them before they get bad. The other lays but does not sit or nest.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-02-25
    Well sometimes female doves have eggs on their own, yes, but they need a male for the egg to actually hatch a chick.
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Judi Stern - 2011-01-21
I have a white dove named Lily. I think she is really a guy, but the name stuck. She is the greatest pet. She follows me all over the house and wants to be with me every minute. She is friends with my St.Bernard and sits on his paw and pecks at his toenails. She has had three near death experiences, flew into some bubbly spaghetti sauce, got caught in a chandelier and caught on fire (grappled her and thrust her under the faucet) and escaped one night in a snow storm. She has survived all of them and is my little buddy. A wonderful pet and so much fun. One of the best pets you can have.

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Sharon - 2009-12-18
Hello- I enjoyed reading your stories about doves very much. I had a similar experience with a crow, found him as a baby, raised him, he slept with my dog and cat in the dog's bed, went for walks with us around the block, etc. (couldn't fly). He got very large (about a 2 1/2 foot wingspan), went in and out the dog door at will, and finally began flying, strangely, after about three years. Of course, crows are incredibly intelligent- he learned to talk (meaningfully). I loved this bird dearly, but he was a wild thing, not pet material (delighted in playing tricks on me, hiding and then jumping out and scaring me, snatching my pen, turning off my laptop, etc.). He finally chose freedom and left (he was torn, but he HAD to fly away). He came back daily for a long time (eventually with his mate, then his children), but the visits tapered off (incidentally he never came back for food, never ate anything). The last break was for five years (!), and he came back as if nothing had happened, stayed for an hour or so, at the end just sitting on my shoulder with his cheek against mine, and left again. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I believe he, too, has spiritual significance. He always seems to come back when I need him most. I thrill at the sound of crows. I now have canaries, society finches, and one white dove (not caged, they fly free in the house). They are all individuals, with unique personalities, wonderful.

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  • Ian - 2010-04-30
    That's a beautiful story.
  • sam - 2010-08-22
    I'm gonna get doves actually two of them! And I've only had budgies before! I have a question is it okay to put the love bird in with the doves?
  • Michelle - 2010-10-28
    I just rescued two wht.doves or pigeons?i'm not yet sure but they are doing great with me caring for them.Both are opposite sex so i think the one is pregnant-how do i know and what advice could you give me as to preparing for eggs?i havn't a clue but it's exciting and I just love them!
  • Adriaano - 2011-01-20
    Indeed a beautiful story .. You should be in WildLife Rescue!
    Adriaano
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gater man(Dustin) - 2010-03-16
What about the temperature, I heard that it has to be from 70-80degrees. Does it really have to be that hot?

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  • Carmella/ Evergreen Doves - 2011-01-15
    I have a dove aviary outside. It is enclosed on three sides with a sliding glass door in the front. I live at 3,500 feet. The breeder I bought from said they were cold hardy. We have had snow here for weeks and nights and the inside of the aviary get to just under 30 degrees. The doves are thriving! When it gets to 30 degrees I do have a brooder light in the rafters they can snuggle against, but they are fine without it too. I use it mostly when squabs are just out of the nest and sit in the rafters.
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Sheena - 2011-01-04
We had a dove (possibly a homing pidgeon as it was larger) hanging around our house so we started feeding him and made him a bed out the back, he came inside whenever we were home and always wanted to be close to us. (he became part of the family) He was with us for around 8 months but I was so upset to find when I got home from work last night he had flown away and hasn't returned yet:( I'm worried about him and hate the thought that anything might happen to him. Just wondered if anyone might know if he might return and how long it might take him? Or even any suggestions as to why he might have left in the first place, as he seemed so happy where he was? Any comments appreciated, I've never had any birds as pets before but I really miss Pidgy :'(

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REGINA MCGRATH - 2010-09-17
Yes i just wanted to say that i really not only enjoy my snow white dove ,but i really love him as will. Every time i have a hard day or when my husband/i have a disagreement, and i look at my dove he brings peace back to us.

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