The bird of Peace, the bird that Noah sent out to find dry land (Genesis 8:8-12).
Have you ever been to an event where they release a cage of doves and up and up they fly. Beautiful...but actually, those are white Homer or Homing Pigeons. Please do not buy Doves to release at events. Even if someone GIVES you free Doves do not set them free. They are not like Homer Pigeons that will fly home. They will be lost and without a home. If you do this you could just be feeding the Hawks, or worse yet, being the person that is responsible for these "released Doves" starting to death.
Doves can make wonderful calming pets. Not only are they lovely to look at and entertain to sit and watch but they can be fun to photograph and share photos with your friends and family. I am in the process of looking for Doves in our area. I have owned Doves in the past and am looking forward to enjoying their calm and soothing presence again.
Doves do not require a lot of room, if you only have a pair or a few, but they do need to be cared for correctly. You can keep Doves outdoors if you set them up with a flight pen (does not need to be huge) and an indoor coupe/house, again, just a wooden box big enough for nest boxes and perches if you only have a few birds. If you set them up a box, let me be clear, the box needs to be large enough for the amount of doves that you own to be able to get out of the rain and or snow or wind.
Many people keep Doves indoors as one would keep a parrot. If you decide to keep a Dove indoors make sure that your cage is one for a cocketiel, not a parakeet. The cage should have at least two perches so that the bird can move around. It is best of the two perches are of different diameter so that the feed muscles are exercised. If the perches are the same size the feet are always in the same position.
The contents of this page for Doves is still under construction. Please check back later!