Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Oct 26, 2015
Breeding these doves was definitely a learning experience. They are very family oriented birds who are shy to strangers and unusual quick movements. Being highly inquisitive creatures I learned early on to insure their pen was escape proof and free of sharp objects. Also they are easily affected by draft. Racoons are a huge danger as well so be aware! Overall, I would say that doves are a high maintenance bird that needs a watchful eye, careful care, and regular opportunities to “stretch” their wings by flying around. Whether that be in a contained area or not is up to you. Personally in the summer I let my doves fly freely outside once they are a bit older. They learned to come back when I would shake the grain pal and I loved seeing them fly around the yard in formation. If you are thinking about getting doves it is important to start with a pair; don’t only buy one. These type of birds really need a pal as well as many perching and nesting options.