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Topic: When to put the female in?
Message: Posted by: Ryan Price (Feb 6, 2010 04:59PM)
This may sound like a weird question but here we go.

I originally purchased a pair of doves (around a year ago). The first egg that I allowed them to keep turned out to be male. The original male and the young one really started fighting so I got a new cage for the younger one.

The pair recently (beginning of december) hatched another one which appears to be a female. I was wondering how old she should be until I put her in the cage with her brother.
Also is there any steps that should be taken during the introduction?

Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Feb 6, 2010 06:40PM)
Ryan, you have to wait until she is eating and surviving on her own before removing her from the parents. A word of caution. If you put her in the cage with her brother, there is a possibility they will mate. This can be a problem just like humans mating with family members.
Message: Posted by: Ryan Price (Feb 6, 2010 06:51PM)
I assumed they would mate, however I will not be keeping the offspring as ideally they would both be workers. Would there be an issue with this.

She can fend for herself, however she isn't as strong of a flyer as her folks are. does she sound ready?
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Feb 8, 2010 12:09PM)
If you mean by not keeping the offspring you are going to throw the eggs, if any, away. In that case, there would be no problem. It's just if you let the eggs hatch that there could be genetic problems.

If she is totalling on her own and not looking for rearing by the parents any more, then you can start working with her. At first, you have to go slow as she will not be as strong as the parents and will get out of breath easily. As time goes on, she'll get stronger.

I personally never try to work on the fly back until the dove is strong and can work for longer periods of time without getting tired. The fly back takes a lot of energy on the part of the dove. I work with small feats like jumping from hand to hand, or doing the finger walk. This excercises the wings and builds strength.
Message: Posted by: Ryan Price (Feb 8, 2010 12:47PM)
Thanks dave, yes I would be throwing away the eggs if she goes into the cage with her brother. I haven't really worked with her, just getting her use to being in the hands. One possible option is to move the parents into the smaller cage and move the male into the bigger cage. Then any future offspring from the parents would then be moved into the larger cage as well.

The larger cage is a fairly large parrot cage and the smaller is a small parrot cage. Any thoughts on this would also be appreciated.