What breeds could I keep as pets? (Pigeons and Doves)

Takeylla

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Here is some types of doves and pigeons I like ( cuz I got bored and looked at all the breeds of them.) And I would like to know if some of these can’t be kept and which couldn’t or won’t do well in captivity as pets? So if y’all could help I would appreciate it. :)
Doves:
Asian emerald
blue spotted wood
Bronzewing
emerald spotted wood
Eurasian Collared
Galápagos
Golden spotted
Jambu fruit
Luzon Bleeding-heart
Morning
Pink-headed fruit
Ringneck
Pigeons:
Crested
Fantail
Frillback
Rock (dove)
Victoria crowned
White bellied-imperial
 

Takeylla

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Oct 8, 2018
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Here is the doves (so you know which ones I’m talking about)
Asian emerald
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Blue spotted wood
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Emerald spotted wood
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Golden spotted
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Eurasian collard
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Ringneck
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Jambu fruit
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Luzon bleeding-heart
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Morning
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Pink-headed fruit
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Galápagos
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cavemanrich

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Any dove that you would be able to purchase from a pet store would be fine as a pet bird. I don't know if capturing a wild Mourning dove, would be a good idea.
The white doves also sold at pet stores are a variety, of ring neck doves. Those would also make good pets. @drmolarmagic does keep doves, so maybe some insight from him may be helpful about doves. I do not have any experience with the DOVE FAMILY.
I only know that they need a LARGE indoor cage. If outside, and they escape their cage,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, they do not return. :idunno (my understanding from reading about doves)
Pigeons on the other hand can be homeset. That means, that they can be trained to return to their cage/loft/home. This is not only homing pigeons. Homing pigeons are the ones capable of returning home from long distances. Rest of the fancy pigeon breeds are capable to return to their loft, from a released flight out of their loft. Rollers can be trained to return to a KIT.
If you are looking to only keep indoors, a single pigeon is probably the best choice. You will need to dedicate time to bond, and train your pigeon pet.
@Serin is our pigeon forum GO TO PERSON, :thumbsup when it comes to indoor pigeons. His pigeon Olive:love, is a frequent visitor to Pigeon Talk, thread.
Here is a quick jump.

WISHING YOU BEST,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,:highfive:
 

Takeylla

Songster
Oct 8, 2018
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USA, South Carolina
Any dove that you would be able to purchase from a pet store would be fine as a pet bird. I don't know if capturing a wild Mourning dove, would be a good idea.
The white doves also sold at pet stores are a variety, of ring neck doves. Those would also make good pets. @drmolarmagic does keep doves, so maybe some insight from him may be helpful about doves. I do not have any experience with the DOVE FAMILY.
I only know that they need a LARGE indoor cage. If outside, and they escape their cage,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, they do not return. :idunno (my understanding from reading about doves)
Pigeons on the other hand can be homeset. That means, that they can be trained to return to their cage/loft/home. This is not only homing pigeons. Homing pigeons are the ones capable of returning home from long distances. Rest of the fancy pigeon breeds are capable to return to their loft, from a released flight out of their loft. Rollers can be trained to return to a KIT.
If you are looking to only keep indoors, a single pigeon is probably the best choice. You will need to dedicate time to bond, and train your pigeon pet.
@Serin is our pigeon forum GO TO PERSON, :thumbsup when it comes to indoor pigeons. His pigeon Olive:love, is a frequent visitor to Pigeon Talk, thread.
Here is a quick jump.

WISHING YOU BEST,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,:highfive:
Oh ok thank you
 

jak2002003

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It is quite possible to keep all those doves and pigeons as captive birds. I have kepts a few more unusual species myself over the years, however, the more exotic species need special care... such as

They can not be free flown,
They need large natural planted aviaries to feel happy and safe... which cost more to build and maintain.
They need a more specialised diet to stay healthy
They are more difficult to breed and only have one or 2 clutches a year.
They need heating in the winter and even UV lights are beneficial in wintertime.
It's also hard to find a breeder of such birds
They will cost a small fortune!!!
Some are endangered in the wild and protected, and you need to get a special licence to keep them (rightly so).

The fruit doves are beautiful, but their main drawback is their wet fruity diet... which leads to huge quantities of sloppy wet poop and you need to do a LOT of cleaning of their enclosure!! It's also hard to replicate their natural diet, and they can develop malnutrition and sickness from improper diets.

I would leave the exotic species to zoos and bird gardens!

If you want a dove that can be a real pet in terms of being petting, kissed and shower affection on, they the DOMESTICATED species are the way to go.

If you want to keep them inside you house in a cage, then I recommend the smaller domesticated doves, like ring neck doves. Also the fancy breed pigeons naturally have very docile and tame personalities and come in beautiful patterns and shapes. These kinds of birds a super easy to care for and keep healthy.
 

Malikshahzad

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Jun 21, 2017
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Here is some types of doves and pigeons I like ( cuz I got bored and looked at all the breeds of them.) And I would like to know if some of these can’t be kept and which couldn’t or won’t do well in captivity as pets? So if y’all could help I would appreciate it. :)
Doves:
Asian emerald
blue spotted wood
Bronzewing
emerald spotted wood
Eurasian Collared
Galápagos
Golden spotted
Jambu fruit
Luzon Bleeding-heart
Morning
Pink-headed fruit
Ringneck
Pigeons:
Crested
Fantail
Frillback
Rock (dove)
Victoria crowned
White bellied-imperial
Hi, all members,
I was join this site before 3 years for Quails farming, but now today I bought 1 pair of Fantail Pigeon , so if any one have pigeon so kindly tell me farming tips
 

Malikshahzad

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Jun 21, 2017
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Here is the doves (so you know which ones I’m talking about)
Asian emerald
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Blue spotted wood
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Emerald spotted wood
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Golden spotted
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Eurasian collard
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Ringneck
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Jambu fruit
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Luzon bleeding-heart
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Morning
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Pink-headed fruit
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Galápagos
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like ur birds, today I bought 1 pair of Fantail pigeon, if u know any tips for breeding so tell me
 

Malikshahzad

Chirping
Jun 21, 2017
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Today I bought 1 pair of Fantail Pigeons so any one know about pigeons so kindly tell me their breeding tips
Any dove that you would be able to purchase from a pet store would be fine as a pet bird. I don't know if capturing a wild Mourning dove, would be a good idea.
The white doves also sold at pet stores are a variety, of ring neck doves. Those would also make good pets. @drmolarmagic does keep doves, so maybe some insight from him may be helpful about doves. I do not have any experience with the DOVE FAMILY.
I only know that they need a LARGE indoor cage. If outside, and they escape their cage,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, they do not return. :idunno (my understanding from reading about doves)
Pigeons on the other hand can be homeset. That means, that they can be trained to return to their cage/loft/home. This is not only homing pigeons. Homing pigeons are the ones capable of returning home from long distances. Rest of the fancy pigeon breeds are capable to return to their loft, from a released flight out of their loft. Rollers can be trained to return to a KIT.
If you are looking to only keep indoors, a single pigeon is probably the best choice. You will need to dedicate time to bond, and train your pigeon pet.
@Serin is our pigeon forum GO TO PERSON, :thumbsup when it comes to indoor pigeons. His pigeon Olive:love, is a frequent visitor to Pigeon Talk, thread.
Here is a quick jump.

WISHING YOU BEST,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,:highfive:
 

Qwerty3159

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I agree with Jak that most of those exotic species are very expensive and hard to keep, best left to zoos and whatnot. That being said regular domestic pigeons come in literally hundreds of interesting breeds so if you want a dove or pigeon but still want something a little different then you could try researching some of the show breeds, there's many that are even more bizarre (in a good way) than the frillbacks.
I know you can keep collared and ringneck doves easily, I think ringnecks are easier to find in the US. Have you heard of diamond doves? They're a very small and beautiful dove, pretty easy to care for as well as an indoor pet.
Today I bought 1 pair of Fantail Pigeons so any one know about pigeons so kindly tell me their breeding tips
There's a lot of great folks in this thread who can answer any specific questions you might have :)
 
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