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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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asad - 2013-01-20
I have female white dove and her age is approx two years and she is already laying unfertile eggs. Now I got a male white dove and his age is approx 5 months. The female dove beat him and the male is very disturbed. Now my question is that please tell me can they be a pair or should I get another aged male? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-20
    It's cool that your female is laying, but your male is too young. They shouldn't even be put in a breeding situation until they are at least 6 months of age. I'd say it's a 'wait and see' if you want these two birds to breed, otherwise you may want to find a suitably aged partner.
  • Anonymous - 2013-01-20
    Thanks Clarice.
Liz - 2012-12-10
I have a white female dove, she has been staying at the bottom of her cage for the last two weeks. I thought she may have been trying to lay an egg. She sometimes would do this when she was ready. She's eating and drinking as normal. She does not seem to be hurting or anything. Would any one have any ideas why? She is about 8 yrs old.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-10
    Usually if they are on the bottom, they are ill so you might want to take her to the vet.  Second thought is if she is on a smooth doll rod - their feet will cramp and they can't hold it.  I'd get a perch for her that is not smooth and you can take one from a fruit tree (safe).  You can use a branch from a poine tree or even oak.  Just wash it off throughly.  Doll rods - they always put them in cages but does serious hurt to parrots trying to hang on.  Next though is you say she laid an egg while on the bottom - again vet as maybe egg bound - could that be happening.  You could tell by the behavior -
nicky - 2012-11-27
I really enjoy your website I found a lot of good info on here . I have a question though , my dove doesn't seem to want to take a bath for some reason . I tried a few different size of bowls , a water sprayer that you would use for your hair and she just doesn't like it . She will get out of it or walk away and what temperature should the water be , cold , lukewarm?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-28
    Room temperature to luke warm.  Some birds do not like bathing - they just don't.  You can just spritz them down a few times a week by spritzing water over their head.  I have one that will only bathe and in her water bowl every time she hears the vacumn running.  I have one that pitches a fit so bad - I had one that would turn the faucets in the kitchen sink on and bathe herself.  They are so different but many just do not like it.  A quick few spritzes over the top of head works and they usually get used to it.
Nettie S. - 2012-10-27
A white dove showed up at our house one day and has stayed here because we have bird feeders in our yard. I was wondering what we could do for it during the winter as far as housing. I would prefer not to try and bring it inside but I didn't know if there was a way to keep it safe outside during the harsh winter weather.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-27
    Doves can be housed outside as long as the aviary is dry, insulated, draft free, and placed in a sunny location.
  • lynne trowern - 2012-11-12
    Hey Nettie...where do you live? I live in Issaquah Highlands.  My dove escaped in october this year around the time you posted your comment! she never returned. I am about to go buy another dove, as her male mate misses her! (
darlene kirkpatrick - 2011-09-16
I have ring neck doves. All are between 6-8 years old. one of my females has been falling. I find her on her back struggling to get up and have to turn her over. does anyone have any idea what might be wrong with her? she seems ok otherwise.

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  • rachel harris - 2012-10-20
    Can she walk ok?no sprained or broken toes or legs?how is her appetitehopefully not a nuerological disorder brain related maybe she should see a vet please let me know how how she is thank you
Angie - 2012-10-14
One of my white doves is looking a bit shabby, when do they stop moulting?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Pigeons and doves can molt once a year though doves most often molt every other year. They usually do it towards the end of the summer. When the molt starts, it usually just replaces a few feathers at a time, not all at once. It starts with the wing feathers, the body molts throughout the period, and the tail feathers molt last. Sometimes there can be a radical molt, where a bunch of body feathers drop leaving a bald spot for a short period of time. The molt can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Hot weather may also cause them to molt, or remove some pin feathers.
Angie - 2012-10-08
I've now hand reared 2 white doves, I saved from getting eaten from the farm cat. They are very different to each other and may well keep them.

blake - 2012-08-28
My diamond dove layed a egg but she won't sit on it but she does put alot of nesting around it. Is this normal or is the egg a dud an she doesn't care for it?  The second egg is usually laid with in two days.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-28
    Your dove will lay two (normally) eggs and she usually doesn't sit the eggs until both eggs are laid.  Nest prepartion, watching over the first egg, making sure that little egg is safe - she will do that but she won't actually start incubating until the second egg is laid. 
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-28
    So far she has only laid 1 egg an its been a day but now she is starting to incubate it will there be no second egg?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-28
    My guess is she is getting ready to lay the second egg - it jus that she happens to be laying the second egg where the first egg already is.  She can have only one but unusual.  So probably just laying the second egg.
  • Mauro - 2012-09-20
    Doves for the most part lay two eggs but is not unusual if they only lay one. From my experience the female will sit on the nest a day or two before layig the first egg and remain there. I have never seen any unattended eggs at all.
Linda burton - 2012-09-01
We have some doves about 15. Then one night they went off but come back during the day to feed and one pair have got eggs and sitting on them but we do not understand why the don't sleep here as they always did until about two weeks ago will they come back please x

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-01
    That seems to be a little reversed.  I normallyhear that the doves would go out during the day and roam around and come back to roost at night - you hva ethe opposite occuring.  They have obviously found what they believe to be a safer or better or high roosting place for night that they feel safe with.  They come home to feed during the day.  I do not know if come winter they will come back to roost or essentially you are feeding an acclimated but essentially free flock.  They might all be trying to build nests - possibly someone on this site has more knowledge that can help.  However, doves do and can fly free and flock.
clint - 2012-08-31
My diamond dove layed 2 eggs this morning. I found one splattered on the bottom but it wasnt fertile. Did the parents kick it out? The nest is getting really big like over the top of the nest and they keep adding. Should I be worried or is this normal? What should I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-31
    Possibly the dove tossed the egg out but more likely is the mom dove thought she had to 'poop' or stepped outside the box and the egg got laid and splattered.  Not everything goes perfectly.  Possibly the nest box is too small or possibly you are giving them too much material to put into the nest - either way it is an easy solution.  My guess is the nest box is too small.  For dove nest boxes and possibly some ideas you can follow this link.