California, United States
Posted Sep 04, 2012
Ringneck Doves are an excellent investment if you are looking to breed and raise a lot of them. Ringneck Doves are quick to mate and will lay 2 eggs at a time producing very hardy babies. When they are born and are starting to get their feathers, they start to resemble either very ugly baby doves or very cute porcupines that got into a pillow fight. If you handle them when they are babies, they will grow up to be less flighty and easy to handle, making them a good pet for children. Be forwarned though, if you get a male and a female, they WILL breed every six weeks on the dot. As soon as the nest is empty, they refill it like clock work. You could very quickly have more birds than you can handle. But they are very sweet tempered, easy to care for, easy to handle and beautiful to look at. They eat a simple dove seed mix, but you should add extra ground oyster shells and grit for optimum health. Doves swallow their seed whole so they depend on swallowing grit to help them grind their food in order to digest it. I have housed these birds with quail and finches and they did just fine. They minded their own business and didn't seem bothered by all the activity. Their calls are quiet and pleasant to listen to and if you house them outdoors their calls will attract other wild birds to hang out around your their cage.