just got a dove and i kinda need some help Xd

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by PoultryLoverandfarmer, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. PoultryLoverandfarmer

    PoultryLoverandfarmer Chirping

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    So.... I went to a flea market and I saw a ringed neck dove whom looks like a s'more. and I'm like " AWWWWWWWWWW It's so cute .W. I should give it a home." and So...…….. I got the dove it's a female and I have her in the same cage as my quails so I put another cage inside that cage and put the dove in that cage. Now.... I really don't Know that much about dove but I did have the right food and supplies that she really needed so.... yeah... so.... she will let you pick her up and Her Feathers are the softest thing I have ever touched. I am still tying to name her but I do have a few questions myself,
    1. will she get lonely with out another dove, I mean she is with the quails whom are super sweet....

    2. Any other important things I need apart from food, water, hay?

    3. what should I do with her eggs when she lays some?

    4. will she attract other doves whom live in the area?

    yeah also the final question is... will she attract a male dove when it's breeding season or do I need to get her one if I want to have some chicks?

    Yeah.... Dove experts Help me please Xd Mah dove ^W^.jpg
     
  2. Thepigeonguy

    Thepigeonguy Songster

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    So I'm not a dove expert but I do have pigeons.
    1: this can vary, there is a thread somewhere about a pigeon that lives with chickens just fine, however I think your average dove would like a friend.
    2: grit is always good for the birds, besides basic medicine supplies.
    3: if she has no mate and she sits on them, let her do that for a less than a week then pull them (she will get burned out if she lays too many eggs to fast, give her some time.), if you get her a mate and you want babies, then nothing aside from extra food and make sure the eggs are in a good place.
    4: :idunno my pigeons don't, however many fanciers here say their birds do attract wild doves.
     
  3. PoultryLoverandfarmer

    PoultryLoverandfarmer Chirping

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    Thank you but do your birds put their wings or wing up in the air when you ty to pick them up? I just noticed that she is starting to do that
     
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    Thepigeonguy Songster

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    Yes, most birds that I have will do that, I think that they like their wings free so they can fly away/fight your hand. But that's if I already picked it up. Is it when she is being grabbed?
     
  5. PoultryLoverandfarmer

    PoultryLoverandfarmer Chirping

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    Yes when I reach my hand slowly she always puts one or both wings up
     
  6. townchicks

    townchicks Crowing

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    1. yes, she will get lonely, and the quail may or may not help. Just FYI, my male dove killed a male button quail he was caged with, they can be territorial.
    2 grit and oyster shell. Shelter from wind and rain. I also like to give my doves a basket to nest in.
    3 IF she lays eggs, and I say if, because ringneck doves are very hard to sex, and it may not be a female, then I recommend replacing her eggs with fake ones for her to set on, if you remove them w/o replacing, then she will just keep laying more. This is not good for them. I feed the real eggs I've removed to my dog, he loves them.
    4/5 Wild doves may respond to the cooing, but not necessarily be attracted to her by it. This is a good thing. Wild birds can carry disease and should be kept AWAY from your dove and also your quail. If you want to breed your dove, first you must determine that it is, in fact, a female. Only if she lays eggs will you know for sure, the sexes look the same and even fool experts. Then, you have to get a known male for her. If you have a male, and you get another male, they will fight. As I said, they are very territorial. Some times they will get along, but rarely. I had 2 males that lived together peacefully for 3 years, but then they started fighting, and drew blood. They now have to be kept out of sight of each other, or they still try to fight. As I mentioned previously, another male I had, killed a button quail, that I erroneously thought might be a companion for him.
    Good luck, enjoy your bird, they can be fun pets.
     

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