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Topic: Female or male
Message: Posted by: magicguy67 (Oct 13, 2005 08:57PM)
Im getting 2 doves soon should I get 2 males or 2 females or 1 male and 1 female?
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Oct 13, 2005 09:40PM)
You might want to do a search through this forum as this question has been asked many times and there is a lot of information for new dove workers. Anyway, if you get two males, make sure your cage is large enough to give them each their own space. Male doves are very territorial and will fight for ownership. Two females will almost always get along just fine. If you get one of each, start thinking about whether or not you want babies.

As for performance, I use both males and females in my act but the females seem to be a bit smaller and more willing to do want you want them to do.
Message: Posted by: magicmanila (Oct 14, 2005 08:52AM)
I also prefer females, like mr. scribner said, theyre smaller than the males.
but to each his own so... ;-)
Message: Posted by: magicguy67 (Oct 14, 2005 12:02PM)
How do you know male from female?I know size but is threr other ways like are there eyes bigger or something?
Message: Posted by: Eric Buss (Oct 14, 2005 12:11PM)
Get 2 females... they are smaller, quieter, and friendlier to eachother
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Oct 14, 2005 04:40PM)
There is only way to tell for sure whether you have males or females and that is to have them medically tested. There is one other way. Once they lay eggs and they hatch, you'll know you have a male and a female. The male will sit on the eggs from about 10 AM to 4 PM. Then the female will take over for the night.
Message: Posted by: magicmanila (Oct 16, 2005 08:12PM)
Ha ha ha, yes only a person who has been with these birds for a long time will know their nesting schedule :) I used to think that you could tell them by the way they coo but its not a 100% garanteed method.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Oct 16, 2005 09:27PM)
You don't have to be with them for a long time. It's pretty much common knowledge that the male sits on the nest during the day. I can almos set my watch by the schedule my birds have.
Message: Posted by: DoveDaddy (Oct 17, 2005 07:28PM)
If you choose only female doves I suggest you consider getting several extra
"back-up" doves otherwise you will on occasion find yourself unable to perform your act. This is because at any given time you may find half of your female doves are indisposed because they are "down" laying or preparing to lay eggs. If a female dove is down, but hasn't laid both her eggs yet, you can not perform with her or else you risk death of your dove if the egg breaks inside her. As a general rule, if the dove is perched it's OK to perform with her, but if she has her belly down on the grate/floor or she is nesting in the feeding dish then DO NOT USE that dove!
Message: Posted by: magicmanila (Oct 17, 2005 10:18PM)
Good advice dove daddy