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Topic: Cold Weather affected Doves? can it be?
Message: Posted by: 1906Alpha1906 (Feb 17, 2007 12:18PM)
Hello all...got a quick question to see if anyone else is battling this issue:

The weather here in the south has been pretty much back and forth this year (not a normal type thing) with some days being cold, and then the next being warmer (which could cause for illness). The issue I am having is during shows on the colder days, I get the doves out and let them fly around to "warm up". (Sort of like stretching the muscles before a big race). On the colder days, this process takes longer than the norm of course because the weather. What I am noticing however is that during the show, the doves are in a sense "lazy" during productions and don't look as "lively" and these are indoor shows. They perch too fast and "puff up", and look weak. However, when its warmer, they are full of energy and more aggresive. Is there anything that can be done in this case, or just let nature be nature.

Dave, I know you are up in the freezing part of the country, so how do yours react?
Bob, you're in my neck of the woods, so how do yours react?
Shaner, you're up in canada, and its GOT to be cold up there!

Just trying to see if this is just a fluke. I have been doing dove magic for a long time, and this is the first notice I have taken of this. They seem lately that they would rather walk than fly.

Whatcha think?
Message: Posted by: Jarana (Feb 17, 2007 05:23PM)
How funny was just about to post same question, well not exactly same, but should I bring doves insidetobight? I'm in Miami- its 42 F now maybe colder at night - but weatherunderground says 40 F

yesterday I left them out- think it was about 46 F, but don't know if I should bring them in tonight.

Jaime
Message: Posted by: Magicdoc88 (Feb 17, 2007 10:10PM)
Even in San Jose California, it got down to 30's few weeks ago, I decided to bring the doves in the garage overnight even though they may do ok in subzero temp, just make sure their water supply doesn't freeze up. The rule I follow is when I feel really cold, I bring them in so I can sleep better knowing they are OK in the garage.
Message: Posted by: boppies2 (Feb 18, 2007 09:44AM)
Even Phoenix had a freeze a few weeks ago. I covered the cages with a sheet at night. Everyone was fine the next morning.
Max
Message: Posted by: Autumn Morning Star (Feb 22, 2007 04:34PM)
I know doves are hardy and cousins to pigeons. However, with my outdoor cage setup, I always cover the cage with thick plastic sheeting and/or a blanket in the winter and put a brooder light in the cage. I notice the doves always perch near the brooder light.

In cold weather, birds fluff out and do seem slower. For that matter, so do I! (I really dislike the cold. Give me Hawaii and a beach any day!)

Warmth is especially important for older doves with arthritic feet. Doves get arthritis on occasion, especially if the perches are all the same diameter.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 22, 2007 06:19PM)
Tom,

Are your doves molting?

Bob
Message: Posted by: 1906Alpha1906 (Feb 22, 2007 08:45PM)
They are molting a little, but not much....today was 70, and they were jumping around and full of life, sunbathing, and totally different....they seemed 'excited' to go through the routines today. Dunno, maybe just a fluke?
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 22, 2007 09:27PM)
My doves wanted to play today too. They can smell spring coming!

Bob
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Feb 25, 2007 07:28PM)
As Autumn said, doves are hardy and can withstand temperature changes but in cold weather, it is a good idea to cover the cage (if it's outside)with plastic as she said. In doors, like in a garage, the plastic isn't necessary. If it's really subzero weather, I run a small electric heater in the garage just to keep the chill down a bit but it isn't necessary.

Jaime, I had to laugh at your post saying the temperature was down to 40 F. Don't misunderstand, I'm not laughing at you, just the statement. It doesn't go up to 42 F where I am between December and March usually. I have minus zero degrees through those months.

Tom, from you original post, it sounds like you excercise the birds before your show when it's cold. This is a technique used by many to purposely slow down their birds. If you don't excersise them the same way when it's warmer, that could be your answer. They're tired after the excercise and just want to rest which looks like they are being sluggish.