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new home for snowy [Aug. 30th, 2011|11:37 pm]
hollysnowy
we found a dove a few years ago in town, she was tame and unable to fly so we rescued her. we would like to try and rehome her to someone with an avery and other doves so she can have a better quality of life. she sees my step father as her mate and has been laying eggs a couple of years now and her life is spent living indoors sitting on her eggs, we want a better life. if any one can help in any way please contact me, holly ps we live in devon, england!
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Hand raised doves [Aug. 27th, 2010|06:39 pm]

squeakyspooky
Hi... new here, and new to doves. :) This comm hasn't been updated in awhile, but I hope someone will see this and help me out a bit!

A pet store nearby has had a few ringneck doves for awhile... the sign states "hand raised doves" and the guys in the store confirmed they got the birds from a local guy who hand raises all manner of birds. The doves should be incredibly tame- well, they are anyway, but you get the idea- be people oriented, like/not mind being touched or held, etc. Problem being is the employees of the pet store couldn't(or just didn't) take the time to handle them that way, and those birds have been there for months, so by now they're no longer accustomed to touch. Not that they're defensive birds now, but they're much more skittish and don't enjoy being handled. Being a bird lover, I bought a pair and they've been in my home for about 4 days now... they've settled in and are comfortable in their new home, and they aren't afraid of my hand being in the cage anymore, and will kinda check me out and will eat out of my hand, but touch is something they're still not thrilled with. Is there anyway to acclimate them to that again so they'll be comfortable with being held or pet again? Since they were at one time they were, it shouldn't be too too hard, but I'm not too sure how to go about it... any suggestions?
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Yellow Piebald Pigeon? [May. 12th, 2010|05:18 pm]

finchwench
The original poster asks "what is it?" Have you every read of a case of carotenoid-based plumage in a Rock Dove?
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2 MORE doves, pictures, and a video [May. 7th, 2010|06:47 pm]

sayga
[mood |excitedexcited]

The best part of waking up is Folgers a ringneck in your cup!


This is Rainbow, the (probably) juvenile dove that showed up on our doorstep almost exactly one month ago. I don't know if she was raised around people or if her age makes her more social, but she is a sweetheart. (I call her "she" but we do not know her sex for sure yet). Today I got her from the outside aviary and she hung out in my room while I showered and got dressed.

Then later, I took her out again and taught my 5 year old how to get her to climb on her finger and Rainbow just enjoyed being the center of quiet attention. She loves to sit on my shoulder and hang out in the kitchen when I'm at home. The other doves don't have indoor privileges because they are not as friendly and it stresses them out.

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At the very end of the movie you can hear the tan male laughing. He has 8 notes in his laugh. Mubcupk only has 5. It's pretty interesting. And I can tell their coos apart too. They have a different tone and style. I wonder who Tangerine will choose (not that it matters, we will probably replace real eggs with fake ones anyway).
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How We Became a Two-Dove Family. [Apr. 11th, 2010|11:18 am]

sayga
[mood |chipperchipper]

I'm new here! This community hasn't been updated in over a year but I hope I can change that a bit. Hopefully there are still some people reading around here. Hi, if you're out there!

Here is the story of how my family became the owners of 2 lovely white ringneck doves.

Last April, it was my sleep in morning, and my husband took the kids outside to play. As they were standing talking to the neighbors, a white dove landed in front of them, and hopped into my husband's hand. He held on to it, ran inside, and suddenly burst into the bedroom.
"Wanna see a magic trick?" he asked.
"You scared the crap out of me!" I screeched, jumping awake. I was a little annoyed because it was the one day per week I get to sleep in!
"I have a magic trick for you!" he said, then pulled his hand out from behind his back. Sitting on his palm was a beautiful white dove. Of course, I couldn't be annoyed with him THEN, because it was just too incredible.

We built a nice big cage for him, and my younger daughter, who had just turned 2 that week, named him "Mubcupk." The name stuck, and Mubcupk has now been with us for a year. At first, we did everything we could to find his owners (since he was obviously tame) and then to rehome him. But finally, we realized no one was looking for him, and we got attached to him. His "birthday" is April 18th.

That was how we got our first dove.

Yesterday I was out with the kids, and when we arrived home and pulled into the driveway, my heart leapt into my throat. A white dove was sitting on my porch. I said to the kids, "Either Mubcupk escaped, or there is ANOTHER white dove here." I got out of the car and walked slowly towards her. She flew to some oleander bushes where I easily caught her. I had to hold her in one hand while I unlocked the front door and took her through the house and out the backdoor. I put her in the cage with Mubcupk (we live in Tucson and the doves live outside year round). My five year old named her Rainbow (since her sister got to name Mubcupk, I let the other daughter name this one).

Both doves came to our house, tame and easy to catch, the Saturday following Easter. I imagine someone in town (a church, likely) is releasing a white dove on Easter Sunday. Sadly, these doves are not homing pigeons and cannot fend for themselves in the wild. I'm going to call some local churches and ask if they do a white dove release, and if they do, I will educate them about using a homing pigeon service instead of pet store ringneck doves. But I am glad, at least, that the dove ended up here, safe and sound, and she and Mubcupk are getting along well. He's been cooing and bowing to her all day. I can hear him out there right now. She's low on energy but I've put a variety of foods in there for her, including crumbled egg yolk, so she should perk up after she regains her strength. She looks healthy, just tired.



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Noise Suggestions? [Mar. 2nd, 2009|06:45 pm]

muninx
[mood |sleepysleepy]

Hello there!  I'm a bit of a newbie to doves... In the past I've only had a few parakeets and then a cockatiel, who was my steadfast companion for 14 years until a rare type of blood vessel cancer got the better of him.

Anyway, some months ago I received my first doves (a proven pair of ringnecks) as a gift from my boyfriend's mother.  She rightly assumed that I missed having birds around after my 'tiel died. So, I did my reading on what to feed them and I think I take/took decent care of them.  I say "took" because the female died about a month later. It was a matter of two days between me noticing her sitting fluffed up on the cage floor and her being dead, unfortunately, and at the time I couldn't afford vet care. So now its just the male, and he's really giving me grief.

I'm a light sleeper, and his cooing wakes me up almost every single morning. And at about 4-5am, I might add.  I'm not sure how to deal with this problem (or if there even is a way to deal with it) because I live in an itty-bitty single bedroom apartment, and though I live in temperate California, community regulations forbid me from putting his cage outside. I can hear him from anywhere in the apartment. I've tried covering his cage and keeping the blinds tightly shut, but no dice. My 'tiel knew that he wasn't supposed to make noise when he was covered, but this boy clearly doesn't.

Any suggestions?  I remember him cooing a lot when his mate was alive, but it seems like its intensified since she died.  Should I just get him another mate? I really don't want babies though.  And honestly, I don't think I have the best setup for doves. I find them beautiful, but I don't really want to bring any more into my life until I have more to offer them than a n 18 x 18 x 24 wire cube that barely fits on my bookshelf.  And I certainly don't want to get rid of him, because one of my biggest peeves is seeing animals treated as toys that can be discarded once they no longer suit someone's lifestyle. I work in an animal shelter.  Lord knows I see too much of that. Besides, I do have secret dreams of a yard and an aviary!

But until I can realize that dream, I'd really like a full night's sleep. Any insight or suggestions you can offer would be appreciated. <_>
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2 German Owls in need of a home in CT or MA. [Oct. 8th, 2008|12:40 am]

elsh
[mood |hopefulhopeful]

We are located in Enfield, CT which is good for adopting out to someone in either Connecticut OR Massachusetts. We've been looking to rehome these guys since July, we are getting a bit desperate because it's simply too much for us to keep them anymore.

According to the breeder, these two hatched in early 2007. They are banded. These are great birds, they just aren't easily trainable. They are the first pigeons we've had and we intended to keep them as pets. We call them Jasper and Juniper. We read about how docile pigeons are, but despite all our attempts, these two never became docile. After trying for a time, we ended up quitting because handling them causes them much more anxiety than benefit. We don't want them to be unhappy and we don't have the proper knowledge or habitat to allow them to breed. I want them to go to either an experienced breeder or someone who knows better how to keep pigeons as pets (and tame them). These two are quite anxious around people. They've been living on our enclosed back porch for some time, but this obviously isn't ideal. We don't see pets as disposable or anything of the sort, we just want them to be the happiest they can be and we recognise that we seem to be unable to provide the happy home which we hoped we could. It hasn't been an easy decision, so I ask you keep any disparaging remarks you may have to yourself. A rehoming fee is negotiable if we are able to see that you have healthy, happy birds and a proper habitat. Please email enquiries/your details to smartpigeons@gmail.com or respond here.



(x-posted to adopt_a_pet, pet_pigeons, pet_rescue, fostercritters & humane_friends)
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2 German Owls in need of a home in CT or MA. [Jul. 16th, 2008|10:49 pm]

elsh
[mood |hopefulhopeful]

We are located in Enfield, CT which is good for adopting out to someone in either Connecticut OR Massachusetts.

According to the breeder, these two hatched in early 2007. They are banded. These are great birds, they just aren't easily trainable. They are the first pigeons we've had and we intended to keep them as pets. We call them Jasper and Juniper. We read about how docile pigeons are, but despite all our attempts, these two never became docile. After trying for a time, we ended up quitting because handling them seemed to cause them more anxiety than benefit. We don't want them to be unhappy and we don't have the proper knowledge or habitat to allow them to breed. I want them to go to either an experienced breeder or someone who knows better how to keep pigeons as pets (and tame them). These two are quite anxious around people. They've been living on our enclosed back porch for some time, but this obviously isn't ideal. We don't see pets as disposable or anything of the sort, we just want them to be the happiest they can be and we recognise that we seem to be unable to provide the happy home which we hoped we could. It hasn't been an easy decision, so I ask you keep any disparaging remarks you may have to yourself. We are looking for a $40 rehoming fee. Reply here or email enquiries/your details to smartpigeons@gmail.com.



(x-posted to pet_pigeons, pet_rescue, fostercritters, adopt_a_pet & humane_friends)
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(no subject) [Jun. 22nd, 2008|05:30 pm]

mochamalt
Hello all! Im new to this community. I recently adopted a pair of doves from a friend. A female ringneck named Peaches and a male white dove named Avocado. They are so cute together and cuddle all the time, however I recently noticed that they will sit down on the floor of the cage in the corner and coo to each other. Is this odd behavior? I have had parrots before but never doves. They do mate on occassion so maybe they want to nest? Peaches stays low to the ground spinning around in circles and occasionally Avocado will come over and stand on her back (he isnt doing anything just standing there).

:\ should I get them nesting material?
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Rock Pigeon Cubicle [Jun. 10th, 2008|05:20 pm]

finchwench

22 February 2008 at Pratt's Pets & Feed, in Glendale, AZ.
[More photos are viewable here].
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