Set Up and Care for a Dove.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR DOVE

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Doves can live up to 15 years or longer.
They can grow up to 8 inches long
The smartest doves include the Diamond Dove and Ring Neck Doves
Doves live on every continent except for Antarctica
Doves during water by drawing it into their beaks as though through a

HOW TO SET UP YOUR DOVES HOME

Doves are very social so they do well in pairs or even flocks. Keep them in an enclosure large enough for them to stretch their wings, climb and play. A cage should be at least 18 x 22 x 18 inches. The bigger the enclosure the better.
Provide at least 2 perches of different thicknesses and materials; variations help keep birds’ feet strong and healthy. They should also be placed at certain heights.
Don’t put perches over food or water because dropping will make a mess where the doves eat and drink.
Doves are sensitive to smoke, gases, strong smells, and drafts. Keep the cages away from the kitchen and 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 the birds and should be replaced every day to every other day depending on the amount of mess your bird leaves. If bird-safe bedding is used, remove droppings frequently and replace them entirely at least once a week.

WHAT DO I FEED MY DOVE:

Doves enjoy a wide variety of food, including pellets, seeds, vegetables, fruit, and the occasional treat.
Doves should be fed a 15-25% pelleted-based diet and 50-60% birdseed. Keep your dove’s food bowl three-quarters full of the mixture and refresh it daily.
Feed your cove dark, leafy greens and vegetables every other day.
Once a week, feed your dove fruit such as berries, melon, and kiwi
Give your dove a honey stick or millet spray once a month for a special treat.
Your dove should have access to fresh clean water at all times.

HOW DO I PLAY WITH AND GROOM MY DOVE:

Doves like to play. sometimes they enjoy hay balls which are toys you can fill with timothy hay.
Offer a warm bowl of water for your birds to bathe in 2 to 3 times per week. Or you can gently mist them with warm clean water from a spray bottle.
Other toys for birds that doves might enjoy can be found at your local pet store.

HOW DO I KEEP MY DOVE HEALTHY:

Try not to handle doves for 3 to 4 days after bringing them home, to give them time to adjust.

Aside from yearly checkups, talk to an avian veterinarian if you have questions about your birds’ health, especially if you notice any of these signs of illness:

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 cage
Sneezing
Discharge from nose or mouth
Change in droppings for more than 2 days

PET SAFETY TIPS

Use caution when handling pets and remember they may bite or scratch, especially if they are stressed.
Supervise children around pets.

All ANIMALS can potentially carry viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases contagious to humans.
Thoroughly wash your hands with warm, soapy water before and after contact with any pet or its habitat.
Adults should assist children with handwashing after contact with a pet, its habitat aquarium water.


excerpt was taken from Pet Smart

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