The smartest doves include the Diamond Dove and Ring-Neck Dove
Doves live on every continent except for Antarctica
Doves drink water by drawing it into their beaks as though through a straw
How do I set up my dove’s home?
Doves are quite social and do well in pairs or even flocks. Keep doves in an enclosure large enough for
them to stretch their wings, climb and play. The cage should be at least 18 x 22 x 18 inches (46 x 56 x
46 cm). The bigger the enclosure the better, especially if it will house multiple doves.
Provide at least 2 perches of different thickness and materials; these variations help keep birds' feet
strong and healthy. The perches should also be placed at different heights.
Don’t put perches over food or water because droppings will make a mess where the doves eat and drink.
Birds are sensitive to smoke, gases, strong smells and drafts. Keep the enclosure away from the kitchen
open windows. Don’t place the enclosure in direct sunlight and be sure to cover it at bedtime.
A paper liner is strongly recommended for birds and should be replaced every day to every other day
depending on the amount of mess your bird leaves daily. If bird safe bedding is used, remove droppings
frequently, and replace it entirely at least once a week.
Try not to handle doves for 3 or 4 days after bringing them home, to give
them time to adjust.
Even a settled-in bird can feel sick. Aside from yearly checkups, talk to
an avian veterinarian if you have questions about your bird’s health, especially if you notice any of these
signs of illness or distress:
Decreased appetite or weight loss
Decreased activity or grooming
Feathers fluffed up for a long time
Long periods sitting and acting sleepy at the bottom of the enclosure
Discharge from nose or mouth
Change in droppings for more than 2 days
PET SAFETY TIPS
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Supervise children around pets.
ALL ANIMALS can potentially carry viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases contagious to humans.
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