Caring for your Diamond Doves
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Floor. Take that grate
out of your diamond dove cage. They prefer to walk on the flat
floor. They enjoy scrabbling for food bits -- a dropped seed or maybe a
bug or two.
Roosts. Diamond doves supposedly need a variety of roosts -- so their little feeties won’t cramp up. On the other hand, they will often all line up on the same roost. These guys favor this 3/8” roost rather than their 7/16” roost. We added both about 10 minutes ago. Make sure you put no food or water directly under their roosts (for obvious reasons).
Roost Placement. Perches too close to the bars will break their tail feathers or prevent your diamond doves from using the roosts. Use longer roosts and move them away from their cage bars.
Less Laid-Back than Ringnecks. Diamond doves walk away from you when you try to pick them up. They do not go all mental on you like finches and flap all over the cage from ceiling to floor and back again. But they will not sit on your finger on the first date. You gotta work with them.
Sexing the Rascals. At six months of age, male diamond doves have an orange ring around their eyes three times as thick as the ring around the female’s eyes. Males also bow (dip their heads) when they coo to females.
If you have a large cage of small birds (finches or canaries), you
can add diamond doves to clean up the extra seed these little guys drop or
throw out. Do not mix them
with hookbills. Hookbills are
not always tolerant of other species.
Treats. In addition to seeds, your diamond doves like extra treats: boiled eggs, egg biscuit, cornbread, bits of greens, and insects (live or canned).
Supplements. Egg-laying females need calcium supplements. Add powdered calcium/vitamin supplement to their boiled egg treats. Or leave the shell on their boiled egg. Or add a cuttlebone to their cage.
Non-Complicated Nests. Diamond doves will nest anywhere. They will use their food bowls if you provide nothing else. Canary nests look good and work well. You can also used an empty tuna can...They usually lay two eggs which hatch in 11 to 15 days. The parents feed them pigeon milk.
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