/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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/r/PetDoves

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Cool, calm, and cooing

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2024/06/20
08:31 UTC

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Wings of peace and beauty

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2024/06/20
07:24 UTC

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Love my gentle dove

2 Comments
2024/06/20
06:15 UTC

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Wild fledgling help!

This little mourning dove (I believe it’s a fledgling but not positive) is in the arborvitae just outside my front door. About three days ago I unfortunately found it’s sibling, who was much less developed, dead on the ground below. It looks like the nest fell apart. I’m not sure if this living baby was outside the nest because it was ready to be or if it somehow made it out before the nest fell apart. I’ve been keeping an eye on it since then. Until this morning the parents seemed to be taking care of it and staying with it. But I haven’t seen them with the baby since early this morning and it’s evening now. I haven’t seen them in the area either. I obviously haven’t had eyes in this guy every single moment so I realize they could have very well come and gone when I wasn’t looking. But especially with this heat wave I’m a little worried. Could they be feeding the little guy still and just not sticking around anymore? Is the baby at the right age for this to be happening? Any insight on normal behavior for these birds, warning signs to look out for, or any other advice is much appreciated. Thanks!

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2024/06/18
21:51 UTC

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Travel carriers?

Looking into a traveling carrier for my doves. I have a solid plastic one for a small dog right now that works for the moment. I don’t have room for another one and wanted to know if mesh carriers (for like a cat or a dog) were stable enough and work for doves? Something I can fold up when done. Recommended or no?

5 Comments
2024/06/18
17:03 UTC

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Is a pet dove right for me?

Hello All! Thanks in advance for any advice given. I am a few months into my first full time job, and am wanting to get a pet. I was raised on a farm originally and found a great love for birds. I had chickens and ducks and geese that I would dress up, hold, cuddle, and spend my days with. I now live in a town where having farm birds is not allowed, so I have been trying to look into other options. I have considered cats and guinea pigs, but I really really miss having birds. I looked a little into doves/pigeons as the main factors that I am looking for is that it would not be too loud like many talking parrots, the lifespan is not too large of a commitment, and I have seen some people talk about how they are very affectionate. I of course want to make sure that my lifestyle would align with having a dove/pigeon, and am wanting any advice I can get.

In an ideal world, my pet would want to sit with me in the evenings and be cuddled and pet, but could also be okay during the day when my roommates and I are at our jobs. I have seen several people talking about how they let their dove/pigeon fly around the house and poop wherever (with towels and mats to catch some) and didn't know if a little diaper would be an option?

Please let me know what you think :)

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2024/06/18
14:37 UTC

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Pet Ownership Research for my Master Thesis! :)

Hi guys!

I am a Masters student at Kingston University in London, and I'm conducting research on the needs of UK pet owner's in caring for their pets, in order to build an app that caters towards that.

I'm currently in the beginning stage of my research where I need to gather data via survey, so if you're based in the UK and over 18 I would love to hear what you have to say!

Here is my Google survey, it shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to complete :) Please note it the survey does ask for some personal information to indentify the target market, nothing too invasive! https://forms.gle/rWEpXf8qcP1xSNUi8

  • Also important to note that the data collected is not shared with any third parties

Everyone's opinion would be incredibly valuable in ensuring my app meets pet owners' needs effectively!

Let me know if you have any questions!

-And thank you to the mods for letting me post this! <3

4 Comments
2024/06/17
18:48 UTC

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Are the feds really that strict when it comes to people raising and keeping wild doves?

Someone in a local town group posted a baby dove that fell out their nest, they found it in their backyard and didn't know how to care for it. I said "I'll take it" and have been raising, feeding, and bonding with the little dude since. I found out it's a mourning dove when it began feathering out. I used to raise pigeons so I figured it would be similar.

Well elsewhere on FB, in a group about cats being an invasive species, there is a bunch of very argumentative women telling me that conservation officers use groups and will knock at my door, fine me, and confiscate the bird. I commented on a post about raising orphaned baby birds and shared a pic of my fledgling, so that's why the people are arguing with me.

I thought the MBTA was more for critical and endangered species. I just don't think anyone gives a fuck about a mourning dove that much to ruin someone's life about it. Nearest wildlife rehab is 2 hours away from me. I think these people are worrying for nothing.

9 Comments
2024/06/17
05:33 UTC

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Could you please help determine its sex?

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2024/06/16
14:32 UTC

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is it possible to buy fertile ringneck dove eggs online?

my dove bowie has been sitting on fake eggs for about 3 weeks now and she seems so sad that they will never hatch, i know she would be a great mom.

5 Comments
2024/06/13
00:16 UTC

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Vent area viewing for Gender identification?

Hi everyone

I can't figure out the genders of my doves and its frustrating me during the process of pairing them.

I've received conflicting guidance online and in person face to face, books, by people and artificial intelligence ..

I keep various doves (senegal, ringneck ..), but I'm looking to identify specifically my Diamond doves, which I've been told repeatedly are 'dimorphic'...

I've checked the vent area, I can't notice any difference between any of them aside from some very subtle differences in two protruding bones between the anus...

The eye rings- I've been told males have wider, females thinner.

In other cases I've been told its not the size, its the intensity of colour - so females are paler yellow rings, and males are an intense red.

I want an exact method of figuring this out on my own without causing myself a head trauma .. There are no images online of what to look for in terms of vent area - descriptions alone don't support me at all.

Also I have too many, so dna testing would be too expensive ...

---mine are about a year old, I've been told.. I think the comparison images online of male and female, are of older doves because I have none with as thick orbit rings as I've seen on youtube videos...

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2024/06/12
18:36 UTC

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Doug

8 Comments
2024/06/12
11:30 UTC

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My dove just stays in its cage all day

More specifically, she stays more or less wherever I put her in the cage, usually the food dish. When I take her out of the cage it occasionally take off from my hand or shoulder and go land on something then stay there, so I know it can fly pretty well but she just doesn't? Also, how do you all deal with crashing into windows?

Beyond that she seems pretty normal and seems healthy. She spends most of her time either preening or snoozing. Poop looks normal, crop is full, she's getting good variety of seeds with vitamins that she eats without any problem. Should she be flying and getting out of her cage more without me picking her up?

5 Comments
2024/06/12
04:10 UTC

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Looking for advice (warning gross egg photo)

4 Comments
2024/06/11
18:37 UTC

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New (to me) Behavior

Cody here has started stamping his feet rapidly whenever he perches on my arm or hand, almost like a little river dance. I haven’t been able to record him unfortunately. Anyone ever seen that or know why they might do this?

9 Comments
2024/06/10
14:47 UTC

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I need help with what would be best for my male dove that lost his mate. This will be a big post im sorry

A year ago my dove lost his mate and since then has become anti social with me or other humans. The thing is he and his mate had a baby years ago and as it turned into an adult the male had gotten hostile towards it so i separated them and the baby become my best bud. But now since all of this has happened my male has no cage mate now and its sad to see him like that plus the fact that he’s not fond of my attention no more, so for months now I’ve been reintroducing the dad and the baby outside the cage well supervising them and they are fine with each other but now the baby seems to be more interested in her dad then me smh, now i have two birds that aren’t fond of human contact i have no idea what to do as they are blood relatives and cant be trusted alone together because i know they will mate eventually.

So i have two options A: Keep them separated and give them play dates outside their cages and deal with them being alone in their cages

B: i can put them together and provide fake eggs whenever eggs are laid plus make use of the mansion of a cage i own. (I don’t know if this would be ok)

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2024/06/10
03:03 UTC

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😌💤

5 Comments
2024/06/09
09:17 UTC

42

Giggles cute bathing 🛁

1 Comment
2024/06/09
02:29 UTC

11

HELP!!!!

So... how to start this.... I found a baby dove(wild) with visible scalp(bloody)...I guess the crow was playing with it and just left it to die. I took it home since I already took care of one pigeon with some injuries and he's still alive and happy, sometimes I see it outside.. Anyway, just when i got home and cleaned it i realised it has no eyes. I was not prepared for a pet dove, i just wanted to clean it up, bring it back to health and let it be free. Please help me! How do I help it?? How can i make it less painful for baby? How can I heal it faster?? What should I do if I end up with blind dove? Or should I just euthanase it? Btw where im from theres no like wildlife sos, at least not for pigeons or doves, nor i know the vet that would help it... Any advice?? I gave it bird food with minerals and vitamins(watered it down) it can drink, and it is drinking so far.. i guess its too painful for it to open its beak. Also, the birdie is quite strong and has a will to live a lot! When i was feeding it, it was holding onto my hand and it was noooot letting it go. Please help. Btw currently im unemployed and dont really have money for some pricy medicine or...idk what Pls help. Im desperate. I wont be posting a pic since i think a lot of you would find it quite disturbing. Thanks in advance!!!

8 Comments
2024/06/07
18:48 UTC

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Why does my dove always go to coo in the food bowl?

My male ring-necked likes to coo. Nothing new here. But what’s weird is he seems to find it fun to sit in the food bowl when he does his loud cooing + bowing. Is there a reason my bird does this? Not worried, just curious.

6 Comments
2024/06/06
19:17 UTC

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Need Help with baby doves

Hi, I’m in need of help with what to do with some doves, I’m not very familiar with them but usually every year some dove parents nest in the pot in front of my home and things are usually fine. However this year we had two baby doves but now my mom and I checked outside and one of them died and we haven’t seen either parent. The other one is still alive but idk what to do right now.

1 Comment
2024/06/06
16:14 UTC

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Post-bath

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2024/06/05
22:29 UTC

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When should my dove be trying to self-feed and eat seeds?

I'm not sure how old my dove is, but she has all her feathers and I've had her since she had her pinfeathers, for about 7 days now. She still has zero interest in pecking at anything, but voraciously eats my food milk-mixture out of a bottlecap. I've put some small seeds in it and she'll eat them when she eats out of the cap, but she will not peck anything on the ground.

I'm estimating she's maybe 15 days old at this point? Looking for any guidance/reassurance that this is normal.

1 Comment
2024/06/05
20:37 UTC

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