Posted Jan 01, 2013
I was given a dove by a friend who works as a vet tech. Her dog attacked the seemingly tame dove and my friend nursed it back to health but didn't have any room to keep him. So she brought him to me and I kept him in quarentine for a while to make sure he was well. He is too tame to be released, he is very easy to handle and cuddle, very soft and makes such pretty noises. He is the most docile bird I have ever owned. After his quarantine we housed him in a cage next to our female cockatiel and they became friends. The dove, named Barnaby, and the cockatiel now live in the same cage and get along well though have not pair-bonded in the way that doves do with other doves. I would highly recommend this kind of bird for families with children as they do not nip or bite like parrots do. They are low maintenance though surprisingly messy for a bird of a small size. However, I would not recommend keeping a dove alone. In the wild doves mate for life and they seem especially predisposed to loneliness when left alone. Unlike my parrots, Barnaby has not bonded with any person. Keeping doves in pairs or as a companion to other birds (please do your homework on this, it's typically not advised to house two birds of different species together) would be best.