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Bradley Morgan
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How do you know who is who if you have more then two birds? I know who they are if a pick them up and play with them to find out there distinct things they each do. But how do you know from just looking at them through the cage?

Thanks to all,
Brad
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Dave Scribner
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Bradley, most dove workers mark their birds for this reason. There are leg bands that come in colors or numbers. Some magicians use nail polish on one claw. Another method is to put a dot with a magic marker on the top of the head. ( I personally don't like this method, but I've seen it done). Some birds have distinctive markings on them.

I use the leg band method. Noone ever sees it, and it doesn't wear off.
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magicmanila
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I use the nipple of a 260Q balloon as a legband to mark my birds. breeders are the ones who usually dot the heads, ha ha ha, ive seen this too. I think they do this to save money. ;-)
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Bradley Morgan
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Also would it be advisable to let other people touch the birds. Like my sister and and friends? Or should I be the only one toughing them so that they get used to me only. Do you train all your doves for fly back?

Thank you to all,
Bradley
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I would suggest that you train your doves for what you are going to use them for. At a minimum I would train each dove to climb my hands, balance on my finger relaxed while it moves around, and at least fly from hand to hand in each direction (about 2 feet across). This gives you the option to "flourish" and it will give the doves a comfortable "performance zone".

Each dove that I have is assigned a certain task (or effect) but can perform any of the above trained actions. My doves are around other people all the time and will gently sit on the finger of an adult or child. After my kids show I have (at times) sat and explained how to handle animals while teaching the children the reason why animals act the way that they do (i.e. bite, cower, run, fly away, etc.). I don’t do this with every show but when I do it works well and the children learn not to approach wild animals. To protect my pets I watch to make sure that they don’t get stressed. The dove that I use for this actually likes the attention (as does the rabbit).

You might not want to take this approach, but it has worked well for me and my animals.
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Brad,

There is a company called Cardinal that advertises in American Cage Bird Magazine. They sell numbered and different colored plastic bands for marking small birds. The correct size for Java Doves is the next size up from parakeets.

I get them in sets of two of each number. Then I put the same number on each of breeding pairs. If you want to get fancy you can also mark males and females by simply putting bands on the left for one and right leg for the other. The color is what I use to tell the bird’s age.

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