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   When you think of the term 'dove' you think of the White Dove. The White Dove has been one of the most universal symbols of love and peace throughout history!
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GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-18
We have white doves. We have a very large aviary. With approx.15 doves.We have 8 nesting boxes at different levels.
Our doves lay lots of eggs , but none are hatching.
We give our doves food,fresh water to drink daily,a large bowl of water for bathing,grits,treats,vitamins and lots of love....
We put sand in there nests,with pine straw...they lay lots of eggs ,but none ever hatch.Can someone tell me what more can we do....Thanking you all in advance for any help you can offer...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-18
    WOW doves usually breed quite well. I have some questions first. How old are the doves and did you get them all at the same time? There are males and females - not just by coincedence all females? Breeding does not necessarily come naturally. Birds usually see the breeding, sitting and parenting activities in a flock. If you happened to purchase all young doves then you might just have to wait till they catch on. The other choice is to purchase a pair of proven doves (that know what they are doing) so the rest can see. My vet had me do this as my macaws weren't catching on. It worked. Are the paents sitting the eggs? Can you candle the eggs with a flashlight to see if fertile? My guess is they just don't know what they are doing yet and movies won't work. They will learn or you will have to get a proven pair to show them. I would also put some carefresh ( little) on top of the sand amd straw and a few twigs for them to chew so they are essentially making a nest. Is there a perch by each of the nest boxes so the male can PROTECT the female while incubating and reverse when he is sitting the eggs? Do you have food dishes set up bu each of the nest boxes being used? Are the doves sitting in pairs on a perch by the next box. I'd even up the birds also - so each has a mate. So do youhave males and females? Are they all the same age and you acquired them all at the same time? Do you have a screw in perch by eachof the nest boxes where male and female will pair and guard their box and then protect and watchwhile the other is incubating? Food set up? Male female pairing behavior? Are the eggs fertile? Sorry so many questions but if you want to figure it out - we just have to go to the basics.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
    5 months to 5 years - and nothing. One other thing is that some birds like their privacy to mate. Sounds nuts but it is true. If there is a way to provide additional privacy around the nest box - that might help a lot. How I did it (with caiques) was to take 3 pieces of sheet metal - about 30 x 30 (can't remember the size) and I made an invetered U, clipping the pieces of the sheet metal together. Than I hung that inside the cage - using cage clips right before the nest box. The females are laying fertile eggs but not sitting. Or are the females laying infertile eggs? There is another possibility. Most of the information I can find, say that Doves are not good in community breeding situations - in other words they want privacy and their own area/cage. I bed parrots and also had pet doves (two females as it turned out) and I swear my macaws would wait to DO IT when I walked in the door. A friend of mine had dovs which bred and the aviary was about the size of a 2 - 3 car garage though. First to figure out is if they are actually mating and eggs are fertile and then not sitting? Or are they not sitting? Either could be a privacy issue. Perch will help with sitting and some sort of a divider should help with privacy. How large is the aviary?
  • GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-19
    Cheryl,Thank you for all the information.
    We purchased the doves at different times.They range in age from five months to four years.
    The cage is a large walk-in aviary, so they have lots of room.The nesting boxes consist of plastic, baskets and bowls..with sand and pine needles .. they sit on a board shelf,spaced so the doves have room to walk around them. I did not think about a perch. I will try that ..Thank you so very much .
    I have candled the eggs that have been laid ,I did find one that had a baby,but the shell had a hole in it.Sad.So I know we have at least one male.
    The doves are always bowing and cooing ,and... shall we say loving on each other..
    I do appreciate your help.
  • GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-19
    The aviary is 86 inches wide x 62 inches deep x 79 inches high Walk in size. Very plenty of room. The doves are sitting on the eggs ...sometimes 8-10 eggs will be under one dove, and 2 eggs in another. They are very protective of their eggs ,We give it 15 days candle them and throw them out .I would think maybe it is to hot for them , but then we have a breeding pair,that are producing very well..They just had a clutch...It is a puzzle to me. But I will keep trying,and will try all you have suggested. Thank you again so very much.
  • GeneNeta Colteaux - 2011-07-19
    I see you are on facebook !So are we..We could become friends if you like.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-19
    Friends are good things See you on Facebook. I have been introducing some of my friends to some of my animals. One just asked me if I was nuts...... I like my birds.

    Other though is 5 X 8 is good size but for 7 - 8 pairs - that is pretty small. This is just off the top of my head but let's say a pair wants about a 2 X 2 area (doves don't take a lot of space) but they also want privacy so we are up to 3 X 3 ft. 9 feet times 8 pairs would be 72 feet and you have 40. The aviary is high but up and down doesn't really count as they all want the height for breeding. Frustrating. Per my vet telling me, I purchased a proven pair of macaws and put them dead center in the aviary. All the macaws watched and then one by one going down on both sides of the aviary - they all did it.
Becky - 2011-06-01
I just got a new white dove it is the most cutest bird I have ever seen but can someone please tell me what they eat?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    A commercial dove and pigeon mix or a regular parakeet seed mix supplemented with greens rich in minerals, vitamins, and calcium is a fine diet. White Doves love treats. They not only enjoy their greens, but will also enjoy spray millet and such things as crumbled cornmeal and bread. Grit is essential as all Ringneck Doves swallow their food whole, and it helps grind up the food. Oyster shell or even cuttlebone can be added for calcium and is important for egg layers.
  • Kate - 2011-06-13
    I just feed mine parakeet food, yet I have dove mix and feed it grit every once and a while (the grit is needed for digestion)
Sheryl - 2011-06-06
I have two white doves. They have hatched out eggs before but the last two times the babies have died. Should I separate the babies from the adults and if so when should I do this?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-06
    Are they feeding the babies? If they are feeding the babies without problems and the babies are not cold then I would just leave them with the parents till 10 - 14 days and then start hand feeding. If you don't wish to hand feed and the parents are doing it then the parents would teach the babies how to get out of the nest and eat food etc. Make sure you have easy things to eat that are soft for both parents and babies. Now, the hard part, if the parents are not feeding the babies then pull them now. You can put the babies in a container with carefresh or diapers (cloth) but a smooth cloth without snags, or an aqaurium - anything flat with sides. Put a heating pad wrapped in a towel on low under 1/2 the container. You need to keep the babies warm. Think the parents body temperature is 105 and they are normally in the nest with the babies so also put a towel or cover over the top of the container to make sure no drafts. It would also be best to place a bowel of water near by to try and increase the humidity for the babies. Now for hand feeding. You can hand feed (there are commercial hand feeding mixes at the pet store). Try Kaytee. You can feed with a syringe or a spoon. You mix the formula (I would mix it with pedialyte to start with)
    and the temperature should be between 100 and 105. You do not dump or squirt the mixture down the throat - honest. You lay the mixture on the tongue and let them swallow. You start out with the mixture the consistency of a baby bottle and you will be feeding every 2 - 3 hours - you can skip one time at night. Then you will gradully thicken the formula to ketchup consistency and you will be feeding about 3 times a day. You will be offering the babies soft foods also. When they start to eat soft foods, then you cut back to twice a day morning and night and then finally once a day in the evening. This whole process should be about 8 - 12 weeks. If I can answer anything else please just let me know. I wish you luck and hopefully it was just the parents first time at raising babies and it takes practice.
Alisoney - 2011-05-22
I have kept 5 white doves for 7 years and love them to bits. I have 2 dovecotes for them and they fly and walk around freely but always return home! Lately I have noticed 1 in particular has pink patches around her face does anyone know what this is and do I need to do anything? Thank you in advance for a response!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-22
    I don't know what you mean by pink patches. Do you mean bare patches where feathers are missing? In any case, I would take the dove to the vet. If it is nothing, then no harm done. However, you have 7 so if it is something you need to know what it is so you can treat all of them if necessary.
Kerry Leigh - 2011-05-13
A small white dove was handed in at the vets. It has a pink tinge on its wings. It was due to be put down (as it wasn't a native) but it seemed a pity so I brought it home and put it in an old aviary. It appears to be quite content and reasonably tame but I'm not used to looking after small birds. Is there anything I should particularly look out for?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-13
    There is an Animal World article attached which should give you all the basics regarding food/water and care. They make the most soothing sound I have ever heard. It is mesmerising. They are extremely soft and usually are and remain extremely tame. Watch her to make sure her poop doesn't look like diarrhea and there isn't white droppings around her vent. Bathe her so her feathers don't dry out and keep her away from drafts. They can take the cold without problems but don't like drafts. You don't need to cover it at night. Just enjoy her. If you have other questions just get back to us. OK?
stephen - 2009-07-19
One day I came home from work and noticed a small white bird struggling to make the flight across a 6 lane hwy in my suburb of Sydney. He missed cars and trucks by sheer inches but managed to make it to the backyard clothesline of my unit block, totally exhausted, but to my joy in one piece. It was indeed a white dove. I picked him off the line and caged him with my pet cockatiel, they got on just fine. She passed 2 years later but 12 years on Georgie, as I named him, is still going strong and is as bright and happy as he ever was. It is a joy to wake up to his distinctive cooing and I can understand the symbolic meaning of dove and peace. I can highly recommend a dove as a pet for kids and adults alike.

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  • Tina Stamper - 2010-08-02
    I got my white dove a year ago from a pet store and you know thought it was a male for the past year until a couple of days later she had a egg but I'm confused can female birds lay eggs by their selves and if so is there a baby in there and if not what do I do?
  • geoffrey - 2011-04-27
    Only hens lay eggs, but 2 hens may pair up and sit on the eggs to no avail if there hasn't been a male bird present. I have 2 hens that have paired up and sit on 4 eggs every chance they get. I must say javas have got to be the most graceful of all birds. I have a flock of 5 with 2 babies in the nest. I keep mine in my living room in 3 separate cages but they have free flight every evening and sit with me and my partener while watching tv. Each 1 has their own personality. I would not part with my birds for anything.
Becka Carter - 2010-08-08
I have 2 sets of Doves in the last 5 yrs. Only problem is both sets are females. I was hoping for male and female for breeding. I read that a male can also occasionally lay an egg. Is this true? One of mine is always nesting and sitting on eggs. But they never hatch and I remove them before they get bad. The other lays but does not sit or nest.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-02-25
    Well sometimes female doves have eggs on their own, yes, but they need a male for the egg to actually hatch a chick.
Judi Stern - 2011-01-21
I have a white dove named Lily. I think she is really a guy, but the name stuck. She is the greatest pet. She follows me all over the house and wants to be with me every minute. She is friends with my St.Bernard and sits on his paw and pecks at his toenails. She has had three near death experiences, flew into some bubbly spaghetti sauce, got caught in a chandelier and caught on fire (grappled her and thrust her under the faucet) and escaped one night in a snow storm. She has survived all of them and is my little buddy. A wonderful pet and so much fun. One of the best pets you can have.

Sharon - 2009-12-18
Hello- I enjoyed reading your stories about doves very much. I had a similar experience with a crow, found him as a baby, raised him, he slept with my dog and cat in the dog's bed, went for walks with us around the block, etc. (couldn't fly). He got very large (about a 2 1/2 foot wingspan), went in and out the dog door at will, and finally began flying, strangely, after about three years. Of course, crows are incredibly intelligent- he learned to talk (meaningfully). I loved this bird dearly, but he was a wild thing, not pet material (delighted in playing tricks on me, hiding and then jumping out and scaring me, snatching my pen, turning off my laptop, etc.). He finally chose freedom and left (he was torn, but he HAD to fly away). He came back daily for a long time (eventually with his mate, then his children), but the visits tapered off (incidentally he never came back for food, never ate anything). The last break was for five years (!), and he came back as if nothing had happened, stayed for an hour or so, at the end just sitting on my shoulder with his cheek against mine, and left again. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I believe he, too, has spiritual significance. He always seems to come back when I need him most. I thrill at the sound of crows. I now have canaries, society finches, and one white dove (not caged, they fly free in the house). They are all individuals, with unique personalities, wonderful.

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  • Ian - 2010-04-30
    That's a beautiful story.
  • sam - 2010-08-22
    I'm gonna get doves actually two of them! And I've only had budgies before! I have a question is it okay to put the love bird in with the doves?
  • Michelle - 2010-10-28
    I just rescued two wht.doves or pigeons?i'm not yet sure but they are doing great with me caring for them.Both are opposite sex so i think the one is pregnant-how do i know and what advice could you give me as to preparing for eggs?i havn't a clue but it's exciting and I just love them!
  • Adriaano - 2011-01-20
    Indeed a beautiful story .. You should be in WildLife Rescue!
gater man(Dustin) - 2010-03-16
What about the temperature, I heard that it has to be from 70-80degrees. Does it really have to be that hot?

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  • Carmella/ Evergreen Doves - 2011-01-15
    I have a dove aviary outside. It is enclosed on three sides with a sliding glass door in the front. I live at 3,500 feet. The breeder I bought from said they were cold hardy. We have had snow here for weeks and nights and the inside of the aviary get to just under 30 degrees. The doves are thriving! When it gets to 30 degrees I do have a brooder light in the rafters they can snuggle against, but they are fine without it too. I use it mostly when squabs are just out of the nest and sit in the rafters.