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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-26-2011, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Dove seems lonely...

So tonight for the first time Lovey Dove called to me when I left the room and didn't stop calling until I took him out and brought him into the living room with me. I usually do this anyway, but he seemed particularly forlorn this evening and is still calling now (and it's 1:20 am...I haven't had the heart to put him home) on and off. I'm not sure if this is because it's late and he's tired, but he seems content to sit next to me on the computer table and just...be. Even then he's been calling a little.

He and CC are very good friends -- he likes to be IN her cage when he can manage it -- but there's no place to put his cage in the living room right now and I thought he'd do better in the cooler room. Still, he seems awfully lonely. I wish I could get him a dove friend but my landlord says I can't have any more birds. I feel really guilty because unlike CC, he doesn't play with toys and I can't imagine a life just...sitting in a cage. It seems cruel. I try to give him out time any time I'm home and I think I will try and move his cage into the living room so he can see CC. Does anyone else have any ideas? I feel like a terrible owner...maybe I just need some reassurance. Is he really lonely? Is there anything I can do to improve his quality of life? I love this bird a lot and it just seems sad that the best I can do is offer him fresh food and water and bread crumbs and grit and let him fly around the house. There must be more to life!!

I don't know...any feelings on this?
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Could you, perhaps, house them together on a more permanent basis? Keep them in the same cage?



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I suppose I could, I'm not sure how she'd respond to that. I think if I were to do that I'd have to get a double sized cage -- hers as it is is barely the recommended size for a cockatiel. But I would imagine that if they seemed able to cohabitate it wouldn't be a problem? I guess I'm just afraid that she'd choose a time when I was away at school to decide she didn't like him in her cage anymore and I'd come home to a disaster scene.

EDIT: Oh, I did manage to bring his cage into the living room and they both seemed a little calmer today. Sleepy at the normal bedtime, etc.
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It seems like you already have found the answer, just trying to make both cages fit is the problem... can you maybe buy a stacked cage (sometimes I see them very cheap on craigslist) so you can fit both birds in the same physical space...or a side by side cage?
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Either housing them together or very near each other could be the solution, that or a female diamond dove

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Daisy!! DON'T TEMPT ME! I want another diamond dove so badly, but 1) I am not allowed and don't want to be evicted and 2) I can barely afford food for myself and the birds, much less ANOTHER bird AND food AND toys for CC AND....the list goes on.

Bad enough I had to drop my last $1000 on a new computer for law school. I'm flat broke
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awh man that sucks I can't believe you'd be evicted if you had another dove! That's awful

I currently have 4 diamond doves but I am selling them up because they just wont stop breeding and I'm gunna be moving all the birds around. So the two babies will go to separate places and the pair is gunna have to go to together, but they have to go to somebody who can try and control how often they breed. I'm not kidding when I say they are literally trying to nest in and on everything!

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I know, it seems silly to me -- it's not like doves are chewers or do any damage to anything (aside from pooping a whole bunch). But I guess they have to enforce their rules somehow??

LOL I can picture that. Lovey Dove seems the sort who if he had a lady friend would be all over her all the time hehehe.
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awh haha. Is the cage thing working?

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Yes! They're together right now. Today has been the first day I've allowed them both to stay in CC's cage all day (not including "out time") and they actually see to be cohabitating even though it's a little small. No aggressiveness from CC -- though she did do "bat birdie" once. She actually seems to like having him in there!

So weird....
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That's wonderful, I think birds really enjoy having a buddy when they have the opportunity.

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It would seem that way!

I'm still afraid to let them stay together overnight, though, just in case...what do you all think? I mean if I never do it I'm safe, but then if I never do it I'll never know if they would have been fine....
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I think if you give them a few weeks where they're together all day and they don't fight, then you can try the overnight



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I agree with Jenny

glad everything is going well though!

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