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magicalmischief
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I live in New England and I am considering getting a couple of doves to add in my show. Problem is my wife is allergic and I can't keep them inside. Can they live outside year round if in a garage that's not heated?
Seems to me that death is just natures way of telling us to SLOW DOWN!
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If wild doves live outdoors in your area, there is no reason your doves can't either. Just make sure that when the water freezes, that you provide water that they can drink. (Wild doves can go "shopping" for a drink. Caged doves can't get out to find water.)

I keep about a hundred doves. They are all outside. Some are perhaps 16-18 years old.

Enjoy your doves!

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Here in New Jersey, I keep my birds in an unheated garage year round. Bob is correct about the water. It tends to freeze when it really gets cold. You just have to check it. I used to keep all 31 birds in my basement but my wife has asthema so that had to change.

Here's a quick tip if you do move the birds into the cold. Replace the round perches with flat ones. Doves need to keep their feet warm and they do that by sitting on them. With a round perch, they can't cover their feet. My perches are 1 1/2" or 2" across. I keep a round one in the cage as well so they can excercise their feet by opening and closing them on different sizes.
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I have not had much luck locating White doves...I have seen the tan-ish ones but they don't look very magical...or should I say..."standard"

Do they behave differently?"
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I can only speak from my personal experience on this. I've found the white doves to be the best behaved. I have used pied which are a mixed between the white and brown and they were always difficult to train. Once trained they were fine and look really good. Pure brown ringnecks I think are the worst. I only had one that I was ever able to use. There again though, it's all a matter of how much time you're willing to put into training.
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Speaking of behavior I have question.

I have a pair of white ringnecks that are constantly "pecking" at each other (actually it's the male after the female). He really plucked up her neck so I separated the two to tend to the female after this set was together for about 18 month's. Now that all is well the male leaves his pearch if they are out together while Im working with them to get to the female which he never did before.

Has anyone seen this, and could you make any sugestions? Im not sure if I should just put them back together, or what- needless to say I'm not sure how to proceed.

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Are you sure they are a male and female or could they be two females? Have they hatched offspring? Chances are its two females , and while they will lay eggs they wont hatch. That could account for it, as we had a problem with that at one point a long time ago. Do they have a large enough cage? This too could be a factor.
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Check out Klamm Magic manuscript for an outside homemade avery for a few birds. With heat source.

Our pet stores carry white doves from time to time around here.
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On 2005-04-04 08:45, Mr. Muggle wrote:
Speaking of behavior I have question.

I have a pair of white ringnecks that are constantly "pecking" at each other (actually it's the male after the female). He really plucked up her neck so I separated the two to tend to the female after this set was together for about 18 month's. Now that all is well the male leaves his pearch if they are out together while Im working with them to get to the female which he never did before.

Has anyone seen this, and could you make any sugestions? Im not sure if I should just put them back together, or what- needless to say I'm not sure how to proceed.

MM
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Separate them and keep it that way. If they are not the same sex, then the do not like each other any longer. Or buy some new birds and hope they mate better with the ones you have. You have not given enough information for any further advice.
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My pair in question have had offspring but have abandoned the new chicks each time at different stages (so they didn't survive). So I just started taking away the egg's before they were separated.

I'll look into a heated outside source and find out about another bird (which we've been looking into). Otherwise I'm not sure what to add for information.

Thanks for the recommendations- I'm just surprised that after about a year being together that the male started attacking the female. I thought that doves mated for life; and here I have a set that clearly needs a divorce!

MM
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I keep my doves outside or in the garage if it's too windy. Wind can harm the bird if they don't have a way to shield themself from it. As for the white dove, I do like the way they act better. I'm using doves that come from a ringneck Father and a white mother. it seems ALL the doves they've hatched are white. I only got one ringneck from the past several doves. Just so you know if they do start breeding there's NO stopping them without putting a couple fake eggs in the cage. I don't suggest a golf ball like one guy told me once LOL. They're MUCH too big just go to the hobby shop and find a small egg about the size of a normal dove egg.
enjoy!!
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I try to keep my doves out side. But it's Florida. When it does get cold an I'm not talking 62, they are covered or brought in.
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Your right about the breeding. Mine just keep going and going and going. The only time it stops is when they are raising a newborn and then only till it can fend for itself.

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I have a pair of doves. I've had them about a year now, trying to get them to breed. They sit on eggs but nothing ever happens. I need a baby dove to train up. How long should they sit on eggs?
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Wally, first it sounds like you may have two female birds in which case, they will never lay a fertile egg. Females lay eggs with or without a male. Eggs from a real pair, male and female, should hatch in about 20 days give or take a day or two.
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