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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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