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Priscilla Brooks - 2017-07-22
I just moved into a house and they kept white dove in a bird coup. I really up on them n started feeding them today I walked in and found the female nesting and I see 4 eggs visually and idk but looks like one egg is connected to the bird' possibility it's the male but I got attached to them both. But never had doves before. Is there any information you guys could give me or where to look so I can keep taking care of these beautiful doves. I want to give them a better life. Thank you

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DD Manfredi - 2004-06-13
I have a one year old White Crowned/Capped Parrot that was given to me by a friend in Honduras who farms and found the little guy after a dead tree had been cut down. Ricky (the parrot) lives with me at my retirement home in Siguatepeque Honduras and I successfully hand-raised him from what I figure was an age of 2 weeks. I fed him a mixture of water and corn flour, mixed to a thin paste and drawn up into a amall hypodermic (without needle of course). I would place the syringe totally inside the mouth and he would then take it garther in hinself and I would press the mix directly down the throat, he thrived and has always been very healthy. When grown these birds LOVE corn, fresh corn on the cob, just pull the shuck leaves back and use them to tie the piece to the cage (or perch). Fresh corn on the cob is considered to be essential at least once a week for an adult bird by the locals.

This is a favorite parrot of local Hondurans and they have taught me a couple of things about them and their ability to speak, that I do not find elsewhere. They say to NEVER feed them anything with salt on it, OR the bird will never speak! Also at 8 months they begin to feed the bird a drop or two of liquor on a piece of tortilla daily, or provide a small cup of fruit wine twice a week. This bird in the wild starts consuming naturally fermented fruit at this age and does so periodically throughout its lifetime. Without this addition to their diet they will never speak well. My little guy is already doing various whistles, calling 3 people in the family by name and is becoming more talkative daily. He started talking one month after I started giving him fruit wine. The wine I am using is a pineapple and mango based wine, but I would think that nay tropical fruit based wine would do.

I love my little friend and am glad to share this information on increasing their talkativeness. Remember that these people have been raising and loving these birds for hundreds of years and I trust what they know and have shared with me. They recommend to never cage this particular type parrot, or if necessary a large cage where they can have lots of activity.

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  • Lucy - 2010-06-10
    That is really interesting! Can I give the fruit wine to my bird now that she is almost three years old? Or will it not work? Thank you.
  • Tricia - 2010-10-07
    Hi I am so interested where I can get this wine for my little one she is only four months old and I want the best for her....... thks
  • Anita - 2011-06-20
    Thanks for sharing. We have a 9-year-old that we got at 8 months. While the bird may be "trainable" my husband is not and I have never been able to get him not to do things like feed the bird roasted, salted nuts! We love our little guy and he has been 100% healthy for 9 years eating first pellets that he later rejected, then seed, nuts, vegetables and fruits. Loves soy beans, corn and carrots. Is picky about fruits - eats apples, throws out pears! He talks, but only in a whisper, and only to me when the house is quiet and he has put himself to bed on his "sleeping perch". He has a large preview pet aviary which has carefully-placed perches, toys, and food as well as a play top. He puts himself to bed (climbs back into the cage) at dusk. In the morning, before getting out of the cage or eating anything, he demands that his head be scratched.
  • Anonymous - 2014-07-19
    Can you still tame a 6yr old white cap????
  • MAOI - 2017-02-01
    I have one since he was born, i fed him with the same mixture of water and corn flour. He eats whatever he wants, including pork meat, chicken, green plaintain, eggs, soups and Doritos are his favorite snacks. He is now 6 yrs old and his health is awesome. He does not speak, just whistles, laughs and calls my dog and his name which is Nino. He doesnt like people that much, just my husband and I. He has bitten everyone at my parents house. My sister loves him,b but he likes her when my husband and I are not home.
  • JHonduras - 2017-07-22
    Hey DD Manfredi I am from Honduras and I have a farm in Siguatepeque, Comayagua and after reading your info you summerized everthying perfectly, I've had 2 of them for 12 years now.
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Nirmal Chauhan - 2017-07-23
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Muhammad shahrukh saeed - 2017-07-15
Hy. I m Shahrukh. I have a pair of daimond doves about 6 month but they are not laying eggs . They start crossing about 5 month ago, bit not laying eggs. Can you tell me why they are not laying eggs?

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Kelly Hull - 2017-07-15
I live in Milton Florida and I am wanting a baby grey squirrel to raise as my own, I had one years ago that I raised from a couple weeks old and she passed away awhile back, and I'm ready for another baby, I miss fluffers, she was part of the family, if any one knows of someone that needs or wants to rehome one please text me at 8502088106 it will be very well taken care of, thank you

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vineet - 2017-07-16
i want to buy it

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TG - 2017-07-16
House rabbits do best out of a cage and are easily trained to use a litter box.

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Anonymous - 2017-07-17
For some reason my Havana is really mean to my other and I'm not sure why

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Anon - 2016-01-12
I heard that French Lop rabbits are enormous, have behavioral problems, and poop a lot. Is this true?

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  • Addy - 2017-07-20
    Well they are super big and if you work with them they do not have behavioral problems well sometimes. All animals poop but, rabbits have a lot of poop at one time. All rabbits poop a lot. Trust me. My mini lop has me cleaning out her cage almost every day.
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Sasha - 2017-01-04
I have a pair of Ring Necked doves from the same clutch, I agreed to raise from a rescue. They are about 10 weeks old. I don't know the sex of them, but when they are 6 months or older and are laying eggs, would it be harmful to let them breed if they are male and female?

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  • jeddy - 2017-02-25
    No problem. I use line breeding about 30% in my setup.
  • Liza - 2017-07-20
    No Sasha, you probably should not breed two doves from the same clutch. Any genetic imperfections either one of them has will have a better chance of passing it onto their babies, because they would be from the same clutch, and both have all the same genetics, good and bad. So the squabs would almost a 100% chance of getting both bad and good, where otherwise they'd only have a 50% chance of getting the bad passed onto them. Good luck with your doves:)

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