Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred bird myself
New York, United States
Posted May 05, 2014
On our bird farm, we had many Ring Neck Doves that we bred. some were bred to be barned as breeders and others we bred specifically to hand train. Of the many breeds of possible pet birds, I find doves to be one of the easiest to hand feed and raise. Their trainability is very easy and simple and they do easily imprint on people.
The downside to owning pet doves, they are not "mimmickers" most owners would prefer a pet bird that at least whistles what you say. (Such as a cockatiel) These guys are pretty vocally challanged. They still have beautiful song voices, but they are not communicative. They are not as typically social as most pet birds. Nor are they as playful. They are typically kept in pairs as alot like love birds, they typically form a bond.
The bright side, they are easy to handle (if hand raised) they do not require large fancy cages, just a standard cage that they can stretch their wings in. Their diets are simple and inexpensive.
I would recommend hand raised doves to a first time pet bird owner because they are low maintenance and inexpensive. As always, please get to know your pet and pet needs before adoption.