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questions about dove care

so once again i am interested in doves! my nearest ASPCA usually has ring neck doves and i always think it would be nice to have one, but i don't know anything about them! any informations from dove owners would be appreciated!!

here are some starter questions:

1. what do doves eat? (what seed blend, do they eat pellets, veggies?)

2. how do you train doves? i would imagine that you could do clicker training with them, but what would you reward them with?

3. any other info you want to give me would be great.... caging, interaction, temperament... pictures

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I had a ring neck dove when I was younger I recall buying a special blend of pigeon seeds for him. There was a variety of different seeds in the mix to help keep him healthier, I use to sprout some of the seeds for him I would have to separate the seeds into piles of their own to assure they would sprout evenly.

I had him in the house in a large cage and he proved to be a real character, they have a maniac type laugh call which can be super creepy when you hear it. My dove flew around free during the day and in the evening he would always return to his cage to show us it sleepy time for him.

Sometimes in the middle of the night when a car drove past our house and lights from their headlights flashed on the window near the cage the dove would wake up and start calling thinking it was morning.

I had to get a realllllly heavy cover for his cage to prevent that from happening because he would wake the house up.


Check out this youtube clip to hear him laughing and I think he farts also!


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That laugh is hilarious, it sounds like the joker.

I have a diamond dove (had two, but one died a while ago).

1. I feed her white millet mixed with canary seed and keep her with the canaries. The larger doves have a Pigeon and Dove food mix (get it from Petland) but has seeds that were too big for the smaller Diamond.
2. I would imagine clicker also, you can check out magician pages, they sometimes include tips for training doves. They are not as bright as psittacines.
3. They like longer cages and like to walk around the bottom of them. They don't bite Even canaries pinch harder than they do (I used to help out "wild" pigeons when I was younger)

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Would you say that even if they are not tame, they can still be handled easily? Also, do they just eat seed or would they nibble at fresh foods?

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We use to give our dove lettuce and apple and corn on the cob, he'd pick at it and eat some. Pigeons and doves having a straight beak usually bang the seed up into their mouth when they peck at the seed mix. I don't believe our dove shelled his seeds as I don't recall husks around the cage. Pigeons don't shell their seeds they gobble it all whole and drink water to let the seed swell in their stomach filling them up.

Holding a dove is very easy and they get use to it quickly if you do it often enough. You lightly pull the feet flat against the birds belly and can hold it in one hand with ease, the bird will fuss a bit at first if its not use to you but they settle once they see you are in control.

If you don't have a proper hold the bird will smack at you with a wing while they struggle to get loose. It doesn't hurt being smacked it just surprises you at first, a peck from a pigeon or dove is nothing it doesn't hurt at all.

Our dove was not tame he was injured so we took him from someone who knew we had pigeons. I use to coo and make dove calls to my dove and he responded in kind. If he had his way I would have been in his cage sitting on eggs with him right beside me.

He got tame very quickly and was a great pet to have.



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1. what do doves eat? (what seed blend, do they eat pellets, veggies?)

Mine eat mostly a foreign finch seed mix that I mix dried herbs, seaweed and veggies into. They get oyster shell grit in a separate bowl. Mine relish fresh foods but leafy greens are preferred. I personally wouldn't feed pellets

2. how do you train doves? i would imagine that you could do clicker training with them, but what would you reward them with?

I would probably have food available at set times and when you go to train them offer them their food bowl. At the end of the training session put the bowl down for them to eat. They are big on their seeds but don't often take them from your fingers like parrots do

3. any other info you want to give me would be great.... caging, interaction, temperament... pictures

If it's ringneck doves we are talking about then you'll need quite a large cage that is wider than it is tall. Obviously diamond doves you could get away with a smaller cage but it would still have to be wide to accommodate flight. They don't climb like parrots so will make the most of the space you provide them with flying

They are not the most fussy of birds but will sit on you if you bribe them haha. I've noticed that smaller species are considerably more skittish than the larger, heavier bodies birds. Temperament wise though I don't think you can go wrong. They're extremely gentle birds and do not like conflict, they won't go attacking your other birds

Their vocalisations aren't loud at all and I find them quite enjoyable. The only time mine have ever been a pain is when they've been doing their mating ritual haha!

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1. what do doves eat? (what seed blend, do they eat pellets, veggies?)

Mine eat mostly a foreign finch seed mix that I mix dried herbs, seaweed and veggies into. They get oyster shell grit in a separate bowl. Mine relish fresh foods but leafy greens are preferred. I personally wouldn't feed pellets

2. how do you train doves? i would imagine that you could do clicker training with them, but what would you reward them with?

I would probably have food available at set times and when you go to train them offer them their food bowl. At the end of the training session put the bowl down for them to eat. They are big on their seeds but don't often take them from your fingers like parrots do

3. any other info you want to give me would be great.... caging, interaction, temperament... pictures

If it's ringneck doves we are talking about then you'll need quite a large cage that is wider than it is tall. Obviously diamond doves you could get away with a smaller cage but it would still have to be wide to accommodate flight. They don't climb like parrots so will make the most of the space you provide them with flying

They are not the most fussy of birds but will sit on you if you bribe them haha. I've noticed that smaller species are considerably more skittish than the larger, heavier bodies birds. Temperament wise though I don't think you can go wrong. They're extremely gentle birds and do not like conflict, they won't go attacking your other birds

Their vocalisations aren't loud at all and I find them quite enjoyable. The only time mine have ever been a pain is when they've been doing their mating ritual haha!




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Thank you so they don't seem like they are into toys either? I was talking about ring neck doves so technically they would get along peacefully with the budgies? And is there any way to tell the gender so you don't end up with a pair (no more eggy hens for me!)?

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I have not seen them interested in toys, personally. Budgies can be bullies so as long as they're fed separately I think they'd get on okay. Ours were kept with red rumps, red fronted kakarikis and golden pheasants just fine

They are not sexually dimorphic I'm afraid! Unless you had DNA or witnessed behaviours you wouldn't know. Doves can be prolific layers too

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