Animal Stories - White Dove

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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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janet - 2012-05-07
If my doves eggs do not hatch after 21 days, what should i do with the eggs? the female is very,very protective of her eggs. it is her 1st eggs &she &her mate both sit on the eggs in thee nest. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-07
    Let her sit the eggs and usually they get bored with them. Dove eggs usually hatch at around 14 days so if you waited 17 days or so - then you can just remove the eggs and throw them out. Give them a new toy to play with - it would be nice.
  • damitamone - 2012-06-30
    My dove gets very depressed if I just throw her eggs away. No matter how long it takes I just wait for her to abandon the eggs before I remove them from the cage.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-26
    Well doves eggs are supposed to hatch 2-4 weeks I think some times theres not always something in the eggs. Some doves will lay 2 eggs and only 1 will hatch. That's normal. Just wait for the birds to leave there nest to get food or something and take the eggs to the trash, the worst the bird can do is peck you but there beaks are really soft so it wont hurt. HOPE THIS HELPED:)))
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-31
    Thanks for your input, she keeps laying I let her sit on them for a very long time now the eggs are empty again. 3 in her nest, 1 from the time before the last 2. I have done everything I have read and tried all suggestions. She just keeps laying unfertile eggs. thanks all janet
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-31
    Got it now.  You said 3 in her nest?  Doves lay two.  You have two females.  They both think they are 'mating' and they are both laying.  Separating them might help but probably you are going to have to get two males (if you wish to breed) or possibly you can swap a female for a male.  It is too many eggs - so I am about 95% sure you have two females.  In any case you will have to separate them.  I am sorry cuz I know hard cuz they obviously like each other but it just won't be good for them.   So two males (and I know how do you find two males?) that is difficult.  Two males or swap one female out for a male.  Accuracy in sexing can really only be done through DNA sexing.   
  • alyssa - 2012-08-28
    Actually, I have a vision impairment, and there are two ways I can sex doves... (a) Feel the breast bone, if it is nice and curvy, and has what feels like little lumps (thats actually bone/reproductive glands etc), that's a female... a male has a distinct flat breast bone. (b) listen to the pitch of the cooing, if you have a very hooty high-pitched sound, you have a female.. A more deep-throated sound is coming from a male. I have only once been wrong about this and that's because of my own error, I wasn't listening and feeling properly.
Tom Sharkey - 2012-08-13
Hello all and you too Charlie Roche. Well, now you can hear that white dove laugh, and it is a laugh, go to: It is exactly the same sound as my Coo Coo...Now I want to get a female and maybe get some babies to hand out to my family and friends for Christmas. Tom Sharkey

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-14
    I just think that is great.  All these years, I just thought it was the fairly unusual sound that said 'PICK ME UP' I flew over to you.  Thank you
scleveland - 2012-08-05
My mother has had white doves for probably 15 years now. She started with two and now has around 15... If the parents don't care for the young she will take them in.. As young as a few hours old. She even hatches Eggs if they are abandoned. They are very fun birds. We have had three or four that we can go on walks with them on our shoulders.. I have one she gave me to continue to hand feed because she had another new born as well and mine.. a male is so sweet and very easy to handle.. they are easy pets and my two year old Loves him and him my two year old :-)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-07
    They make wonderful pets.  People are talking about them laughing.  I had doves and i never heard them love just coo.  So soft and love the sound.
  • scleveland - 2012-08-08
    When they fly and land.. The hoo hoo hoo.. Coo sound .. Is what people call the laugh
  • scleveland - 2012-08-08
    When they fly and land.. The hoo hoo hoo.. Coo sound .. Is what people call the laugh
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-09
    OK  got it.  I always thought that that :what rhy say is laugh' was 'come and get me ma'  and I'd laugh and go get them
ayesha - 2012-08-08
I have a white dove one of them died but the others head is injured what do i do?

Tom Sharkey - 2012-07-25
We have a white dove now for about 6 years. Is it true the laughing and cooing of this dove means it is a male? This dove is now having a problem with it's beak. The top part crosses over sideways and the bottom part crosses over the other way, they do not come together as one. We have a cuttle bone, but the bird doesn't seem to use it, what can we do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-25
    The males coo - I never heard about the laughing.  Problem you have is called scissor beak and it is overgrown beak condition.  You can take it to a avian vet and WITHOUT putting it to sleep just file off both the bottom and top of the beak.  The dove won't like it but it is pretty much the same as cutting your finger nails or a dogs toenails.  Simple procedure, fast and doesn't hurt.  If it keeps growing like this, he is going to have major problems eating and possibly a break which could hurt.  Then you can put a lava rock in his cage, almonds in shell, concrete perch so he can chew and file down his beak as he needs to.  If the vet says he needs to use anesthetic - use a different vet.
  • janet - 2012-08-01
    Charlie, my male and females all laugh, can't believe you never heard them. there is no way its not laughing ... lol
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-01
    Seriously, I had doves and they made cooing sounds all the time.  I just loved it - but I never heard them laugh and they were right in the kitchen.  Might have to try again. 
  • Tom Sharkey - 2012-08-03
    Charles, Janet, Well, the beak has been restored to a neat-beak. Vet @ Summit Animal Hosp. did a fine job. At first those big dog nail clippers didn't do the job, so they used tiny pair of surgial scissors, clip clip and our 12 yr plus Dove (not 6) was as good as new. And it only cost $10. Now looking into those rocks, etc. for Coo Coo to do his own trim. While at the Vet, he gave out a good bunch of laughs, and everyone (3 others) got a big kick out of this. Once in a great while he will do the 'Happy Hop' with his two feet, just like that YOU TUBE VIDEO of that bird dancing awhile back. We know our bird is a male, not because he coos or laughs, but will hump my wifes hand at times. GOD Bless.....Tom
Debbie - 2012-07-14
As I was sitting on my deck in the middle of the night, a beautiful white dove appeared out of nowhere. It flew just above my head and very slowly under the eave and over the house. It majestically turned and went behind a huge tree in my yard and I didn't see it again. As this happened, I had cold chills but not fear...just kinda like a peace as everything seemed to stand still and quiet fell over everything. What does this mean? I know they are known in the Bible as signs of Peace. Has anyone else had anything similar happen? I feel very at ease now and had been very worried over some things. I feel it was a sign from God.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-07-26
    It could be a message from God:))) I am a christian but talk to God and ask him what it ment or talk to people at your church about it
mary - 2012-07-15
I have wrtten before about a white dove that came to my house 5-11, came every day all winter through, snow, cold ect in MI. This spring a white pigeon I assume, as it was much bigger, and banded they stayed around till 6-22 and I haven't seen either one since. Would they be nesting? If so why wouldn't they came back to a known food source? I'm so sad, they were the highlight of my day.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-15
    I am sorry.  I had a cardinal that would bang on my window and then front door and had to come in the house every day and fly into the dining room.  I would pick him up and pet him.  He then came in with his mate.  My guess is yours are nesting or they have joined a flock and they would go where the flock goes.  Maybe you would enjoy a little pet bird.  Just make sure you can hold it, handle it, pet it before you buy.  You want it just as friendly as a little puppy.
Caroline - 2012-07-06
There has been a white dove trying 2 get in my kitchen window 4 the last 12 hrs... I came out 2 do the washing up and again it was inside on my window ledge!!! I don't no wot 2 do???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-06
    You don't have to do anything.  The dove is either seeing his reflection in the window and thinks there is a friend.  Or possibly, he is very tame and happens to think you are his home.  If you want, you can go out and just see if he is interested in you picking him up.  If he is that tame, you can just bring him in your home and then take him to an animal santuary.  Or you could keep him.  You can take some bread out there for him or bird seed if you have some or cheerios.  Don't be upset - whatever you decide is OK.
Boni Moretti - 2012-07-01
My sons found a white bird in street. It seems tame and allowed them to bring it in the house. We put it in an empty tiel cage and it is eating and drinking tiel food. It looks like a white dove but it has feathers all the way down to its feet. I don't see that in the photos of doves on the internet. It is all white with black eyes.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-02
    Depending on type, many doves and or pigeons have feathers running down the legs and even covering the feet.  Here are some images.

    Images at Bing
janet - 2012-06-16
ok my dove Sweetie (who is not so sweet) tries to bite me all the time , flaps me with her wing. I have had doves for 19 yrs never one like this. She has laid another egg today one last wed. 6 eggs since end of march . No babies yet. I know she is protecting her eggs but omg , why sooooo many eggs??????????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-16
    Are you letting her keep the eggs.  If you remove them - she will lay another.  She is going to lay until she has a clutch she can sit of two eggs.  If you remove them, she wil just lay another egg.  Soon, there will be no more calcium and the eggs will be like a rubber ball.  The biting and flapping is protection.  Does she have a mate?  Is there another dove with her?  Could you have two females in the same cage/nest box?  Is she alone?  No possiblility of eggs being fertile?  If she has another dove with her in the cage and definitely not a female, possibly losing balance while mating.  you can place a second perch one inch in front of the perch they normally sit on and 2 inches above the perch they normally sit on.  This way the female can hang onto the bottom perch with her feet and the top perch with her beak.  Sometimes a mate is a little over zealous and keeps knocking the female off the perch so infertile eggs. 
  • janet - 2012-06-25
    Yes I let her sit the eggs for no less than 21 days, yes she has a mate, yes there are plenty of room, 2 perches, they start to mate but the male seems like he doesn't finish like he did with his mate of 8yrs. She has laid 6 eggs since May this morning while cleaning their cage one of the eggs were cracked open and empty. I hope I did the right thing by throwing it away. She is still sitting the egg, and playing with her toys at the same time...
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-25
    I have no clue then.  As far as I know you have done everything that can be done.  If you have fertile eggs from anothe pair, you can switch the eggs.  This female obviously wants some babies.