/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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Why he hooting?

He just does this. He's mmore likely to hoot if I hold him, but he just randomly hoots as well. He's 11 weeks old and likes me enough to sploot on me, and he's done some quiet coos very recently.

4 Comments
2024/02/26
03:23 UTC

1

Reccos for dove breeders?

I know about rescues - but I personally don't want to drive many many miles to one.

Was wondering if there were any breeders that sex the bird (with one of those blood tests)

My bird has been getting mad horny lately and I feel bad lol. She's been calling me into her 'nest' which was really just some place she happened to be. She presented her cloaca I saw it flare up and open and close like a pair of lips lmao (it was kinda gross but endearing to me lol).

I also don't want to feel like she's so dependent on me too. But also don't want babies any birth control I can do?

2 Comments
2024/02/24
06:17 UTC

17

Is this safe for my barbary doves?

9 Comments
2024/02/23
20:33 UTC

80

Iris, use peck!

She’s my best fighter lol🤍

2 Comments
2024/02/22
17:33 UTC

0

Can I feed my dove with insects sometimes? If yes, what ones?

6 Comments
2024/02/22
15:39 UTC

169

What is he doing? He's going to be 11 weeks old in a couple of days.

17 Comments
2024/02/21
16:03 UTC

39

Buddy Says Hi

8 Comments
2024/02/21
05:29 UTC

165

Update on dove babies

Day 9, they grow up quite fast 🎊

7 Comments
2024/02/19
23:57 UTC

2

Ringneck food without millet?

I have a ringneck dove named Hermes for a bit over a year now, and been feeding him "Hagen Pigeon and Dove Staple" since it came highly recommended for doves, but Hermes absolutely hates millet and refuses eat it either on the stem or as separated seeds. This means I end up throwing away about half of his food.

Are there any other options for a good, healthy seed mix that has a lower millet proportion?

https://preview.redd.it/815nde3qvsjc1.jpg?width=3024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=03e4519153a524b74bc32cc40f766dcd2caf86ba

7 Comments
2024/02/19
20:52 UTC

1,451

My dove laid an egg for this first time? what do I do??

Guys I woke up to an egg 🥺 at least I know she's definitely a girl. What do I do with the egg? How can I make her comfy and type of advice is good please. I have calcium grit and vitamins I've been feeding her. I just want her to be healthy and I'm kind of inexperience so thank you!

66 Comments
2024/02/19
16:09 UTC

99

He Loves Scaring Me

3 Comments
2024/02/19
00:11 UTC

7

What Dove is this?

OK, I apologise in advance for being so dumb. She ( not sure sex bit ill say she) Anyway, she's not like the pics I see on the internet. I saved this little cute. She no doubt would have died. It's has been, without a doubt, the most beautiful and heartwarming 3 weeks of my life. Instant love. I digress. What type of dove is she? There are many spotted dove where I am, but I'm not sure she looks like the juveniles I see on the net. Can anyone help?

Yes, I am wearing moccasins. "Moccos," us Aussies call them. So not cool.

4 Comments
2024/02/18
23:34 UTC

273

what does this mean?

is this normal behavior? he's been trying to cuddle 24/7

13 Comments
2024/02/18
18:40 UTC

7

New Dove owner, Send me all your best info/links/tips

I have large parrots and exotic birds. The closest to a dove I've had are finches. Right now she is on a diet of Canary Zupreem Pellet mixed with Kaytee Daily Blend Dove Food and dried bird greens mixed in. If you have any helpful guides and links I would appreciate it. When I try to do research there is no "general consensus" its just so much conflicting information. I have some questions like: should Mealworms/other bugs be a part of their diet? Are vegetables harmful due to their digestive system?

I'm interested in the best nutritional science based information I can find. When I started with parrots the collective method was to feed them seeds and nuts, obviously! But now we know that is not the case. Are there anymore recent studies on the best diet and care information? I assume there would be less information due to their low cost and low popularity as pets, compared to parrots, but since they are very popular in the wild, I am probably wrong. Just curious.

1 Comment
2024/02/16
20:41 UTC

160

That night, I was having a panic attack, lying on the floor and hyperventilating. Then this precious angel hopped on top of me and snuggled until I felt calm again. Doves truly are so special ❤️

11 Comments
2024/02/14
23:39 UTC

61

Pip's keeping me company while I rest (I caught the flu)

1 Comment
2024/02/13
23:42 UTC

8

protecting doves from crows

hi! they are not my pets but i have been feeding a pair of doves for a long time. recently they built a nest, laid 2 eggs but unfortunately crows got to them. now, 2 weeks later the pair returned and laid another egg. this morning i saw 2 crows near the nest and i scared them away but i’m afraid they will come back to get the egg. what can i do?:(

4 Comments
2024/02/12
06:58 UTC

130

He loves the sun!

3 Comments
2024/02/11
07:59 UTC

78

New baby

Hatched on lunar new year 🎊

2 Comments
2024/02/10
05:04 UTC

606

Peppermint never fails to crack me up. Today she built her nest on top of me 😂

19 Comments
2024/02/09
06:32 UTC

79

Torki feeling handsome

4 Comments
2024/02/08
17:20 UTC

2

Transporting doves?

Hey yall, I’m looking into getting 2 doves hopefully in a few months as long as I can keep saving up, but wanted to hear about experiences and what to look forward to when transporting them, whether that’s to the vet or to pick them up. What kind of carrying cage should I get? Can I put 2 in one travel cage or should I get 2 and separate them? Should I cover the cage while I’m in the car with a towel? Let me know what your transporting setup is or what your dove prefers when traveling!

1 Comment
2024/02/08
14:22 UTC

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Is she not good? Or is she just chill?

She eats with hunger, and poop is normal.

2 Comments
2024/02/07
15:14 UTC

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