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Topic: Keeping doves in my room
Message: Posted by: 12345 (Dec 28, 2003 08:12PM)
Will my dove be loud and make noise all night? I want to keep my 1 dove in my room with me.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 28, 2003 08:19PM)
Why not? The real problem you will have is that the dove will be up and at them everytime the light is on. Birds are active during light hours and asleep when it's dark. Your bird will be healthier if you will keep the hours somewhat standard. Doves are really outdoor birds. Neat is not one of their strong characteristics. They love to scatter their feed and splash in the water. If you can live with that, I'm sure you will have a real buddy. Why just one?

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: 12345 (Dec 28, 2003 08:34PM)
Right now I just want 1 dove and wil add more and more as I gain experience with them. I think it would be more fun to train and play with 1 dove for a few months
Message: Posted by: TomBoleware (Dec 28, 2003 08:59PM)
Yes, I say enjoy your dove in the room. Covering the cage at night will help keep down the noise.

Tom Boleware
Message: Posted by: sperris (Dec 28, 2003 10:01PM)
And if it gets noisy buy a rist-rocket.

I'M KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!! Seriosly I am. But yeah why not get two doves? I just have always tried to have an even number of birds and with two doves you can have one to produce and vanish like some sort of prop and after it vanish have it appear somewhere else(the second dove obviously). -Just a thought.

sperris :stare:
Message: Posted by: 12345 (Dec 29, 2003 02:55AM)
I have a 1 bedroom apt with my girlfriend and she loves the idea of me getting into dove magic, she just wants to know if they will make noise and such. I know I can leave it out in the living room... but this will be my first pet ever, the little fellow has to crash in our room
Message: Posted by: Daniel J. Ferrara Jr. (Dec 29, 2003 10:51AM)
I have had a dove for about a year now and I love him. He makes a great pet and an excellent magic partner. However, he wakes up early and he makes sure everyone else is awake also.

Seriously, doves like to coo and it is a high pitched sound that you have to get used to. I'm not saying you shouldn't get a dove, I'm just giving you the facts.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Muggle (Dec 30, 2003 02:07AM)
In one cage I have a pair of Doves, one each male, and female. The female doesn't preform(to picky), but does cause the male to give her too much attention. My question is this- is it any problem to have multiple males in a cage? My books don't advise for or against, and I haven't wanted to risk the chance.

Message: Posted by: Luke Sherratt (Dec 30, 2003 05:01AM)
I had not thought about having males in together as problem now you mention it they might fight I suppose but I don't know if doves kill each other so they might just have the odd scuffle. I am/was planning on having three males in together I might do some research to find the answer I will let you know Mr Muggle when I find out.


Luke L :smiles:
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Dec 30, 2003 07:14AM)
Doves become very territorial and especially with the male gender. If all the birds are young and placed in a cage at the same time, you might be fine but there is always the chance of one of them becoming the dominant figure. They will fight pecking at each other on the head. If it gets severe, you'll see the feather loss and possibly some bleeding. SEPARATE!!. You also have to be careful as they will try to peck at the eyes of the other birds. Again, SEPARATE!!.
With all that said, I have a large cage with 5 males in it and almost never have a problem. Maybe it's because the cage is large enough to give them their own space. The smaller the cage, the more you are asking for trouble.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Muggle (Dec 30, 2003 03:13PM)
The cage I have in mind is 2'deep x3'wide x4'tall, and has the pair in it. What do you think Dave? I notice that my male picks on the female in that cage. I'd like to put in 2 other males but have yet to try it. The cage is as large as I can have right now, and the birds do get allot of excerise. (sp?)

One thing never mentioned in the dove tapes and books that I have is the territorial aspect of doves. What about in the same cage when traveling? Is this different because its a neutral territory? (such as dog's act at a dog park?) Or will I have to travel with multiple cages?

Thanks for the help and experience.

Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Dec 30, 2003 03:27PM)
Adding two new males to an existing male might be asking for trouble even though the Café is large. I've always used the trial and error method and kept a spare cage around just in case. Strange thing about travelling, at least from my experience is that there never seems to be any trouble. As long as there isn't a mated female in there with them I carry them all in one cage. I don't have the problem on stage either after my productions. I put them all together in one cage until after the show.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Muggle (Dec 31, 2003 02:17AM)
Interesting, I have to guess that because its neutral territory & no one dove claims it their home, they don't fight. Thanks for the insight. I'll take heed and see how they interact together in the same cage. Perhaps I will separate all of them for a while before putting them together.

Another question, this time about coat care for ring neck doves. It's weird, but my females seem to have a problem with their coats. They aren't always pure white like my males even though they were purchased together, or came from the same parent. Is it just the blood line of a turtle dove (variations in color)? I follow the info that I learnt from the Tony Clark video's about minerals and such for their coats. But after many month's the coats are never consistent- while my males are always perfect white.

Again, thanks for the help.

Message: Posted by: 12345 (Dec 31, 2003 01:31PM)
I bought 2 males and they share a cage, they don't fight or make any noise!
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Dec 31, 2003 07:15PM)
That's what should happen. Two males introduced to a new cage at the same time shouldn't produce a problem. If you introduce a female however, be prepared.