I got a ring neck dove

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by gaited horse, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    Don't ask how it happend.
    I have a few questions though.
    What do I feed him?
    What size cage?
    Do I need to cover his cage at night?
    CAn he live inside?
    Is there anything else I need to know?
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011
  2. BirdNut

    BirdNut Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2010
    Suprise, Arizona
    Commercial pigeon/dove feed mix is suitable, but supplement it with some greens such as lettuce, endive, cabbage, or spinach. His cage should be fairly large; the aviary or loft must provide at least 2.5 m3 for the one bird, but larger if you plan on adding to the cage's inventory. Yes, you should cover the cage at night. He certainly can live inside. And as for extra information you should know; I have none.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011
  3. Towman72gmc

    Towman72gmc Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    Thanks. He is wild caught only becasue this is the second time I have caught him in my rooster's pen. I might let him go when his tail feathers grow back in.
  5. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    Rowan County, NC
    Can you post a picture? If he is a Collard Dove, then he's wild and will be okay on his own (perhaps just visiting you because he knows there's food! I've had to catch Cardinals and get them out of my pens several times because they are too skittish to go back the way they got in). If he is a Ringneck, then he's a lost domestic and could get killed or starve on his own.
  6. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    Quote:There are wild populations of ringnecks in a lot of places around the country. We've got them here, they're not escapees (maybe the descendants of escapees, but not hundreds of them that all got loose!)

    If he's an adult, I don't know that he would be happy as an indoor caged bird after being accustomed to freedom.

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