/r/PetDoves

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Anything and everything Columbidae! Whether you keep doves, have questions, or just like the idea of them, this is the place for you.

Welcome to /r/Petdoves! We're a community of people that love doves and pigeons. If you have questions about keeping doves then feel free to ask!

Subreddit Rules


  • Posts should pertain to doves, and pigeons of any species whether domestic, feral, or wild. General bird-related questions are fine as well if you are having trouble getting answers in other forums.

  • Respect should be offered to anyone posting in this forum regardless of their beliefs.

  • This is not a place to talk about pigeon hunting as a sport. The Sub itself does not hold a stance for or against the sport, but threads concerning it will not be allowed in order to keep content within the realm of pet doves and pigeons.

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Video I took back in September of Pip bundled up and cozy with me. ❤️

3 Comments
2024/03/25
19:09 UTC

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Struggling to wean a dove.

I recently rescued a baby dove, I've had it for almost 3 weeks and it has just started flying and is almost the size of an adult dove now, but is still eating formula and will peck at seeds but not actually eat them. How do I teach the dove to eat seeds and drink water? I've "pecked" at the seeds with my hands but it's still not eating them and just begs for formula.

3 Comments
2024/03/24
17:37 UTC

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How can I fix my doves Flyper??

Hello, everyone I recently got a Flyper for my dove but she keeps tripping over the leg holes. I've tried to fix it so many ways and it just doesn't help she still keeps tripping. I want to take her outdoors without fearing that she will fly away. Looking for any suggestions so that she stops tripping over the leg holes of the Flyper. Thanks.

2 Comments
2024/03/22
14:02 UTC

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Dove Cooing

This isnt about my dove, but a friends. I live with her, but shes gone on a 3 month trip out of country about a month ago. She has a lovely pet dove. I've owned birds my whole life, and my birds encouraged her to get her own bird. I have no experience with birds outside of parrots, so I don't really know how dove temperament is- from my perspective these guys are more distant than parrots and a little more skittish.

Now idk why this is happening, because as I said, I've lived with birds my whole life. Notably, I grew up with a quaker parrot, which are notoriously noisy all hours of the day. But her doves cooing is driving me insane. She a really sweet bird, and shes become a little less skittish with me as I've been with her the last month. I figure its because of the springtime, but it went from occasionally cooing and laughing to just cooing 24/7. Its been so frequent that the coos have gotten more shrill. Im neurodivergent and there are a couple specific sounds that I genuinely cant stand, which has to be the most ridiculous skill issue ever, but Ive managed to cope by just removing myself from the situation or wearing noise cancelling headphones. I used to love the sound of her dove, but the 24/7 noise and increasing shrill-ness drives me insane to the point of tears. Im just wondering if anyone knows exactly why shes started to coo so much or if there is anything i can do to calm her down. I figure its because its spring and shes just looking for a mate, but I don't know much about doves. When our parrots were in heat they were noisier, a little more destructive, etc but they would take breaks to breathe for a couple hours. If I sat with her or brought her into my room for more time and interaction, would she maybe calm down a bit? idk

1 Comment
2024/03/21
19:17 UTC

6

Is my dove ok?

I have been wanting a dove for a while and he finally got here yesterday! I love him and he’s super friendly, he seems really comfy with me already. He perches in my shoulder and even let me get some of his pin feathers. He looks very healthy except he hasn’t made a single sound since he arrived. He basically just sits still most of the day. I thought he was just stressed from being in a new place but Ive been giving him a lot of space and he doesn’t show any other signs of stress. I just want to make sure he’s ok ❤️. Is it just a personality thing that he’s quiet?

4 Comments
2024/03/21
18:29 UTC

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I have a question

I’m the owner of a diamond dove, a got him from a pretty crappy situation but he was alone and I’m having a lot of trouble finding him others of his kind to keep with him for socialisation. Would a larger species of pigeon or dove work to keep him happy? Only because they seem far more easy to come by at this time.

5 Comments
2024/03/21
04:40 UTC

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Dove in my yard

Hi everyone, I’m new here and don’t know much about doves. Today, I saw a white dove in my yard for the first time ever. I live in a major Midwest city. I thought it was a white pigeon but this bird was pure white. Since it seemed off to me and I didn’t know if this bird was domestic or not, I contacted a bird rescue. They said that no, this bird should not be outside and may have been released for a wedding or ceremony.

I tried for hours to catch this bird and set up traps, that included a box propped up with a stick and an open dog crate with birdseed leading inside. Nothing. She left and then didn’t come back. She was hanging out here for about four hours.

The bird rescue is willing to take her but asked if I’d catch her. They said I’d have the best shot as someone who’s actually here and not a stranger who has to travel here to get her - when I see her, I can just run out and try to capture her.

Any tips on how to do this effectively when I have a flock of pigeons that come here daily for food and water, too? I’m sure that’s why this dove wound up here. She followed the other birds. But she stayed away from them and flew separately from them.

She knows food and water are here. I really hope I see her tomorrow. I also have a net, but she won’t let me anywhere near her for me to use it.

2 Comments
2024/03/21
02:47 UTC

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Dove at school

Before anyone freaks out all doors and windows were closed. My school it’s a really small high school (around 100 people in total with staff) so no stress for my little boy just fun (yeah he does not like the harness)

3 Comments
2024/03/19
18:04 UTC

3

Serial egg laying bird !!

Hi! So I have a diamond dove. She’s about 5 years old and she is a SERIAL egg layer. The eggs are unfertilized so I’m concerned with her becoming egg bound or calcium deficient. I’ve tried removing nests/nesting material to encourage her to stop but nothing works. I feel bad taking away her nests but I am just unsure what to do. I have also tried fake eggs but she kept laying more, to the point where there would be about ten eggs in the nest she was in. I’d say she lays more than a couple eggs a week and it is CONSTANT.

Would more toys or a friend help? I currently have her in a very spacious enclosure (about 4.5ft x 4.5ft). She eats a diet of grit, pellet, seed, and vegetable on occasion.

If anyone has any care tips that would be much appreciated, thanks everyone !

2 Comments
2024/03/19
00:15 UTC

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Premade feed mixes?

I'm looking for a seed mix that has NO corn. They are way too big for Denali to eat. The corn in this versele laga mix is bigger then her head! I've seen her swallow some big peas, but at least those roll down the throat. Corn does not roll lol.

I tried eating the corn with her to persuade her, but she recited green eggs and ham at me lol.

Preferably I want a mix available from chewy or Amazon, cause i live in the middle of nowhere and can't afford 50 dollar delivery (des Moines bird seed...). I have been buying Tropican pellets mixed with the versele laga classic but it's a little heavy on corn. I might get the no corn version, but for some reason vegetable oil is listed as a ingredient in both no corn and corn.

Prefer just seeds no fortifications, for vitamins I have water soluble vitamins and pellets.

1 Comment
2024/03/17
02:35 UTC

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Bubbles incubating her plastic egg ♡

3 Comments
2024/03/16
14:02 UTC

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My dove Poogie going full attack mode.

She goes absolutely crazy anytime she sees this toothbrush (I use it to scrub and clean her cage)

4 Comments
2024/03/16
02:35 UTC

4

UPDATE and questions

Well...I've still got the bird and I named her Pilot! I believe it's a she but I'm not sure. She's doing FANTASTIC. I got her a huge wide cage, lots of perches, Finch seed, grit and millet. She loves all of it. Took her to the vet and she's not chipped and the blue band is just a zip tie with no letters or numbers. They think she might have escaped during shipping. So crazy!! Questions - everytime I leave the room she starts making a noise that sounds kind of like whining. Is that normal? What does that mean? If I get her a friend, can it be male or female? I feel like she's lonely. For the bottom of the cage, what do yall suggest I use so that she can walk comfortably?

2 Comments
2024/03/15
22:03 UTC

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dove suddenly terrified of me?!

hey everyone, i was hoping to find some answers or maybe figuring out what i possibly did wrong? i got my ringneck dove about 3 months ago and today he took his bath like every day and we were just hanging out after in my bed, i have no idea what happened or what i did but he spooked and flew into multiple walls and wouldnt let me bring him back to his cage, i got him back in and now he is completely terrified of me when i go near his cage, shaking and everything. how do i get my bond back with my sweet boy?

5 Comments
2024/03/15
21:03 UTC

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How sensitive are doves' beaks? (and tips on befriending them?)

I've been trying to get a couple of Eurasian collared doves visiting the windowsill of my home office to get comfortable around me by limiting my movements and leaving out some food on the windowsill (they know it's me leaving the food, they often saw me doing it from a tree or pole on the other side of the street).

It had just occurred to me that, the windowsill being made of rough concrete, it might not be the wisest thing to let them eat directly off of it, lest they damage their beaks (nothing wrong with the beaks so far) - is that true, or am I overthinking? If it's true, what kind of dish should I serve the food in? The food in question is a feeder mix with nuts, seeds, grains, berries and raisins. They pick out nuts first, seeds second, grains and berries only when there's no "good stuff" left, and leave raisins to rot in hell.

As for the befriending part, I'm not actually planning on trying to turn them into my PETS, but I'd like to for them to eventually consider me a part of the inventory instead of watching my every move. Don't know if there's anything I should actively try to do, or if just being around and being non threatening is enough?

So far we've progressed from "fly away as soon as the human is spotted" to "stay and eat, but keep an eye on whether the human moves".

4 Comments
2024/03/15
09:43 UTC

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Kiko enjoying his faux eggs🥚

2 Comments
2024/03/15
00:12 UTC

4

Is it safe to take your pet dove outside in 50° F or higher weather?

It's beautiful and sunny where I live, and I want to take my dove outside and ride on the back of my beach cruiser bike (It's gotta flat space behind the seat for a basket). One problem I have, though, is that the temperature is 58° F today. Should I wait until tomorrow (it's gonna be 66° than 72° the next day), or is it safe for my dove to go outside?

4 Comments
2024/03/14
19:43 UTC

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