Animal Stories - Diamond Dove

Animal-World Information about: Diamond Dove

   The Diamond Dove is one of the smallest doves and is considered to be one of the most beautiful!
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anonymous - 2013-10-31
Hi, i have 2 diamond doves. One is white in color and the other is sort of bluish. The person at the pet store said they are young and would look like other doves when they grow up. I would like a pair but i am still unable to determine their gender. I dont know their ages. Can someone help me in finding out their ages. And how long will it take to be sure of their genders. By the way i bought them a week ago. :) thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-01
    They told you they are 'young' but you'll need to ask the people you got them from for an exact age if you need one.  They can be sexed at about 6 months of age and the 'Breeding/Reproduction' section above provides answers to your questions.
Carolyn - 2013-09-23
I won two Daimond Doves at the Harvest Festival at my church today. There is also 4 eggs. I have no idea how old they are or what to do if they hatch any babies? Any help would be great. Thanks so much!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-23
    For information on their breeding see the Dove and Pigeon Care page under breeding here: Breeding/Reproduction. Hope this helps get you started in the right direction:)
Solly - 2013-08-24
Hello, I have a pair of diamonds, they're laying eggs for a while, but none has hatched till now. They're sitting on the eggs well and taking turns, but none of them hatched. I gave them all the vitamins and calcium. Is it because I keep them inside the house? How can I raise the humidity in the cage? I have air conditioning running all the time, and I put the cage away from the vent. I don't know what else to do to hatch the eggs? Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-08-27
    Although these little birds can have a few hit-and-miss starts when they are new at breeding, they usually quickly figure it all our. So I'm wondering if you are you certain you have a male/female pair.
erica - 2013-01-17
If I do not want my doves to lay eggs right now, do I have to take out the male? If she already has laid can I take the eggs away or do I have to take the male away? Until I want her to lay? I would like them to stay together at all times!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-17
    If you do not want fertilized eggs you will want to separate your male and female. The female may still lay eggs but they will not fertilize and therefore will not hatch if there is no male. If she has already laid eggs they may be fertilized. If you take the eggs out and don't allow the doves to incubate them with their bodies they most likely will never hatch, but it would be better to just separate the male and female to keep from having fertilized eggs.
  • felix - 2013-06-22
    Well you could keep them together for ever, in puerto rico i had around 100 pigeons and they laid eggs everday...if i didnt want to have babies i would just remove the eggs from the nest...that it,  good luck...
Anonymous - 2013-05-14
Okay so I have a pair of diamond doves. I know one is male and one is female. But they have laid numerous eggs since I got them. And only one out off all the eggs ever hatched, but sadly I didn't really read up on how to care for the baby and it died later that night when I got home. But now none of the eggs ever hatch. Should I separate them for a while so the female can take a break from laying eggs. And they have two right now but only one has a vein in it. So I don't know what to do so they stay on it. I have a lamp on them so if they don't sit on it for a little it won't die. I need help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    These doves are usually pretty good parents, but they do need a good sized cage and an aviary is even better. They may just be young and still getting the hang of it. Two eggs are normal, and they should hatch in about 2 weeks from when they were laid, so you won't need to keep a lamp on it for too long. It is a good idea to give the female a break, and they may be better parents when you re-introduce them into the breeding set-up. Also, you can help by conditioning them with egg foods both during breeding and while they are rearing the young.
Jennifer - 2013-03-01
I recently bought a pair of Diamond Doves after seeing some at a client's office. I fell in love with their cooing. However the pair that I bought aren't cooing at all. What am I doing wrong/missing?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-02
    Hard to say why they aren't cooing. If you just got them maybe they aren't comfortable yet. If you've had them for awhile, there may be something in the environment isn't to their liking. Read the care info above to make sure you are giving them the best housing and food.
Naqib - 2013-01-01
i have two dovs and recently i noticed both were females and it has been five months and both them bow coos to each other but none of them mates. i am thinking of pairing them with males. my question is if they will bond with the males.

Anonymous - 2012-12-10
I have a male and female diamond doves. Is it normal For them to go to the bathroom in their nest?

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Anonymous - 2012-11-27
I have a pair of diamond doves I bought from a Local pet store. The day after I got them I noticed A egg the mother dove never set on the egg for a couple days Then she began to. She now has totally come off the egg and does not set on it. Can someone tell Me if that's normal? It has only been 13 days since she layed it and she has been away from it for 2 days now.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-27
    Most parrots do not actively incubate or sit the eggs until all the eggs are laid.  Diamond doves usually lay two eggs and so she didn't bother sitting the one egg.  However they normally hatch after 13 - 15 days and so mom sorta is bored or realizes egg is infertile.  You can just toss it out.  It takes a couple of clutches for a pair to really figure out what they are doing.  Learning experience for all. 
  • Anonymous - 2012-11-27
    I went to toss it out and the egg has a piece missing. I can see the baby but mom is not responding to it . Can I do anything to help it?
NAQIB - 2012-08-24
Hi everyone. I have a pair of diamond doves. But i a m having problems. They get afraid of me when I am removing their food dishes and they fly at different directions. SO can you please advise me how I can make them more friendly to me so that they stop being afraid of me? and please help me, what kind of nesting materials should I give. And if there's anyone from bangladesh please write the bengali name too. THANK YOU!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-25
    Go very slow and as you get close to their cage, talk to them.  Let them know in a soft voice you are there and tell them what you are doing.  'I am changing your water or I am cleaning or I am getting you fresh food'  They understand a lot more than you think they do.  Move your hand slowly.  I have said frequently - 'what would you feel like if KING KONG came into your bedroom at night and stuck his big hand in your room.   So go slow, talk to them and you can just hold your hand by their cage and not move it or just move one finger.  You can give them little treats with your hand - try initially through the bars and just drop it into the food dish.  They like millet, hulled sunflower, little pieces of apple.  Then feed the treat to them with the cage door open.  It may take awhile but they will get used to you and adjust and be friendlier.  Bedding - I like to put about an inch or two of sand in the bottom as a safety precaution against broken eggs by accident.  Then I like to place another 2 - or more inches of carefresh on top of the sand.  I'd throw a few twigs from a fruit tree or few pieces of paper towel into the cage so they can sorta 'make their nest' also.
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-23
    I made a nest for their breeding with a earthen pot ( open nest, the top is open) and filled it with dried grass but I still don't see the male to do the mate-cooing. And I am not sure about their sex. Please tell me what should I do cause I am still not getting any eggs and it never sits on the bowl but always on the seed dish and also please help me to determine thier sex. And if you know their breeding season than it would be of great help.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-24
    You should be able to tell the difference - a lot easier if you have more than two though.  Read the above Animal World Article and look at the difference between the sexes.  Males head is darker and chest and eye ring is larger.  Males do the majority of the cooing but yours aren't doing that.  If they look the same and no cooing then possibly two females.  However, they are also young and right now it is sorta the end of the breeding season which should start again in Feb.  By April or so - you will know what you have cuz they will both lay eggs (both females) or they will have fetile eggs and male courtship will  be more ovcious.  Put some sand inthe bottom of the nest though - just grass and you might have broken eggs.  I'd use a carefresh or even pine shavings with some grasss - cuz grass just gets hard and brittle and eggs will break. You can leave the grass on the bottom of the cage and let themmake the nest. with sand and/or pine shavings in the bowl. 
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-24
    Thanks for your help. Does the male do the 'bow-cooing' before mating? Because I just received news when I got home that the male was 'bow-cooing'. But there is a problem one of the DD. I don't know of which gender it is , it just sits on the food dish even there is a nest. I really need your help on this one. And by the way what should I do when the eggs hatch (if it hatches), the chicks won't be able to fly because my cage is of size 18'X7'X5'. Something like this big.
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-05
    Don't wear any shade of bright red or a billed cap - like a baseball cap. Ours freak when we do.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-25
    Here's a link for a pretty good diamond dove set up - not  great as I believe still a little small when breeding or for appropriate excercise but OK
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-29
    Mr. Roche, thank you for your help. You see there another problem ( I always have problems) I have two pair of budgies but the sad thing is that both the females flew away and so I planned to buy both a female but I got only one, however they haven't been friendly but they have been always fighting. It has been only one day. I bought it. Help me if you have a solution