Diamond Dove Care

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by dreamer5577, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting a diamond dove in one week! I'm so excited.
    I have been doing research on them for the past week and have learned a lot. However, I still have many, many questions.

    What kind of food should I buy it? -I've heard finch food, is there anything else? Would it be okay eating wild bird seed?

    Does the dove NEED grit?

    (Not sure if it is male or female) If it is a male, would I need to buy it a little nest-y thing or something to sleep in? Or is he good on the perch?

    What exactly do I buy my dove? Cuttle bone? Timothy Hay? Toys at all? Bird Bath?

    Please, just share all you know. I'm going to be going shopping sometime next week and I don't want some store suckering me into buying things I do not need!

    --THANK YOU
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a good site to start you off:

    http://www.dovepage.com/

    Doves as softbills won't be able to do anything with a cuttlebone. If you are going to provide supplemental calcium, it needs to be crushed so the dove can consume it.

    Doves don't generally use nests for sleeping, only for sitting on eggs.
     
  4. chseeads

    chseeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2009
    Bloomington, Indiana
    I feed mine canary/finch-sized pelleted food (like Zupreem or whatever) as well as finch type seed.
     

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