Pet Dove Care Tips Wanted:?

Pet Dove Care Tips Wanted:? Topic: Pet Dove Care Tips Wanted:?
June 20, 2019 / By Ariana
Question: I just got two tame female Ringneck Dove's today that I bought from some girl on craigslist today and I was wondering if you guys had any tips for me. I bought them on impulse so I didn't get to do extensive research like I normally do before I get a pet (I know, it's bad!) I do have experience with birds already, I currently have six budgies and a parrotlet in a large flight cage and give them the best possible care that I know of and want to give theses two girls just as good care. I have the food that they came with- millet, sunflower, cracked corn and the like- Is this what is best for them? I also plan on giving them fresh veggies daily. They didn't come with grit, but am going to pick that up tomorrow afternoon. I didn't pick it up today because the store had already closed. I also plan to pick up a natural wood and a square perch for them because I have read that is what I best for them. (I don't give my birds dowels because it is bad for their feet and have spent a small fortune in bird perches) Do they need a cuddle bone? If so, I feel like it needs to be crushed because I don't think they could get anything off of it... though I could be wrong. Any and all advice/tips is appreciated and feel free to list any notable things I have not listed. For the record: I don't give my parrots grit, but I heard that soft bills do need it because they don't hull their seeds.
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Zander Zander | 6 days ago
lots or sites at Yahoo(regular),eHow,ASK, You tube, wikipedia under ringneck doves and here as some i browsed thru and seem to have different info- lots more sites And no the seeds you got are not right. Cruising through i noticed that most of the sites did not mention much in the way or vegetables but more popped up when I typed in vegetables for ring neck doves. http://www.internationaldovesociety.com/Articles/RingneckDoves.htm http://www.tailfeathersnetwork.com/community/showthread.php/56930-Ringneck-dove-diet http://www.internationaldovesociety.com/RNColorPics/ringneckcaresheet.htm http://www.doveline.com/html/dove-information.html Doves do not get into cuttlebone and most people just save their egg shells and toast them in the micro or oven and put in a thick plastic bag and roll some thing heavy over the shell and make powder to sprinkle the power or give some of the pellets - or like the thread on one site - the breeder swears by dog food. Safe wood http://www.mdvaden.com/bird_page.shtml http://www.ehow.com/way_5829366_homemade-bird-perch.html how to convert branches into perches inside the cage–note use stainless steel parts only –other stuff can cause poisoning from things like zinc There are to many ways to make big free standing perches - gyms so you can research your self.
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Zander Originally Answered: PET Geckos care wanted?
what kind of gecko would help me more with a good answer. I am going to assume you have leopard geckos so here goes: The leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius), native of Pakistan, is a gentle, hardy, long-lived animal that is in many ways the perfect reptile pet. Unlike their distant cousins the tokay gecko, leopards seldom even attempt to bite. In a recent letter to the editor of Reptiles magazine, a reader noted a leopard gecko that was a family pet for almost thirty years! Leopard geckos are also very easy to maintain in that: · They reach only a foot in overall length, and don't outgrow a ten or fifteen gallon aquarium · They pick a single corner of the enclosure to use as a litter area, facilitating cleanup. · They are nocturnal and don't require the use of expensive UV light bulbs. · They don't require high heat like bearded dragons. · They eat mealworms and crickets, and don't require a vegetarian diet. · Virtually all leopards are now captive hatched in this country, eliminating shipping stress and parasites found in imported iguanas and other lizards. Descripton: Overall the leopard gecko reaches a length of about 10 inches, and gets its name from the leopard like spots which cover the bodies of adult animals. Baby leopard geckos are born with dark transverse bands, which lighten as they grow into the spotted adults. Their general background color is yellow and lavender, although a number of new color phases have arisen through captive breeding. Some of the existing phases are animals with hi-yellow, white or lavender background color, striped, jungle and other pattern anomalies, and leucistic (actually hypomelanistic) and albino genetic mutations. Leopard geckos are members of the sub-family Eublepharinae, or the eye-lidded geckos. Many geckos lack eyelids, but the leopard geckos' are movable, which allow them to blink and close their eyes while sleeping. Toe pads, which are useful in climbing vertical walls and glass aquaria are not present in the leopard gecko. There are tiny claws on the end of the toe. Like many lizards, the leopard gecko has a tail which breaks off readily when grabbed by a predator. This permits the gecko to get away if attacked, but leaves a valuable food resource behind; the tail is used as a fat storage reservoir for lean periods. One of the most notable traits about leopard geckos, which has led to their great popularity, is their unusually gentle disposition. Leopards in captivity appear to recognize their keepers, and are at times content to sit on a shoulder for hours. It takes a significant amount of provoking before a leopard gecko will bite. Distribution: Leopard geckos are found in southern Asia, in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. Natural History: Leopard geckos inhabit arid regions, particularly rocky deserts and sparse grasslands. They avoid sandy deserts. They are strictly nocturnal, keeping out of the heat of the day, emerging at night from holes and crevices to hunt for food. In the wild they mainly feed on a variety of insects, including scorpions, but will also eat other lizards. Animal often live in loose colonies. Leopard geckos are seldom found off of the ground. Housing in Captivity: The cage setup for leopard geckos can be as simple or elaborate, as you like. A single animal can be maintained in a ten gallon aquarium with a paper substrate. If you prefer, they can be maintained on reptile carpet, gravel or orchid bark. The use of sand as a substrate is not recommended for leopard geckos. They will occasionally ingest too much sand in their craving for calcium or accidentally during hunting activities, causing a sand impaction that could become quite serious. Basically, the cage substrate should be too large for them to swallow, and dust-free. Leopard geckos will choose one comer of the tank to relieve themselves, and use it solely. This facilitates cleanup. You can place a piece of paper towel in the appropriate corner, and spot-clean quickly and easily. Leopard geckos require a cage temperature about 85F. A heat source on one end, which will provide a thermal gradient in the cage is recommended. This is best accomplished with heat from above; hot rocks do not provide the necessary cage heat, and have been known to cause severe burns. Red incandescent bulbs placed above one end of the cage not only provide the needed heat, but also provide light to view the animals in the evening when they are active. It is important that the nighttime temperature not drop too low (about 80 degrees F at the warm end) or the animals will not eat. As the geckos are nocturnal, expensive UV lights are not necessary. In addition to hiding places at both the warm and cool ends of the cage, a plastic shoe box or small freezer container, with a hole cut in the lid, is provided for the geckos. Inside the box, there is a damp peat moss/vermiculite mixture. This hide box not only provides a place for females to lay eggs, but also provides the humidity required for the geckos to shed properly. In a ten gallon tank, there is usually room for just one hide box. This should be a moist box and the box should be placed in the middle of the tank. An alternative is to spray a warm corner of the enclosure 3-4 times per week. If a moist area for shedding is not provided, the shed skin may remain on the toes and constrict, eventually causing the loss of the toe. Groups of juvenile or female leopard geckos can be maintained in the same cage. Young animals, however, must be housed with others of their own size, or the smaller animals in the cage will be dominated by the larger ones, and will not do well. Food and Feeding: Leopard geckos can be fed mealworms or crickets, with an occasional meal of wax worms or a pink mouse when they are older. When maintaining a large colony of geckos, mealworms are significantly less work than crickets. There appears to be no significant difference in health or growth rate between geckos fed crickets or meal worms. Wax worms are a good supplement or treat, but are too fatty and not nutritious enough for a regular diet. Start with a feeding schedule of once daily or every other day. Babies seem to prefer to chase their meals, adults will eat mealworms out of a shallow dish. Feed early evening if possible .The geckos soon learn when it is dinner time, and will come out of their hide boxes to eat. Some appear to enjoy being hand-fed. Feed as many mealworms/crickets as they will eat in a single feeding. If the animal eats what is provided, put in a couple more food items to see if they are eaten as well, to help gauge the correct amount of food. Be sure to remove any crickets that are not eaten in a feeding, as they will annoy and unduly stress the geckos. Baby geckos that are getting enough food will shed every two weeks or so. Adults should be hefty, but not obese with a nice, fat tail. Leopard geckos require a shallow dish for water and a calcium source. With many other species of gecko, crickets and mealworms need to be dusted with calcium; the leopard geckos will lick the calcium powder right out of a shallow dish if provided. Health: Leopard geckos adapt well to captivity and have been known to live 20-30 years. They are not highly susceptible to health problems, and seem to enjoy being handled. Like many lizards, their tails will break off as a defense mechanism if handled roughly. The tail will grow back fairly quickly, although it will not be as elegant as the original. Breeding: It is very difficult to sex leopard geckos before they are about three months old. At this time, the sexual characteristics of the male can be seen, especially if a magnifier is used. The male is identified by the presence of hemipenes, seen as bulges at the base of the tail.The male also has femoral (preanal) pores above the tail.The female has a row of modified cells where the pores would normally be, but there are no visible pores.

Sibald Sibald
I have been raising ringneck doves for almost 12 years now - I feed mine wild bird seed mix and mix in some safflower seeds and crushed up nuts in it. They don't need cuttle bones or grit, but they do love baths - I have a large aviary outside and right now have about 20 doves. Their regular waterer is a gallon sized chicken waterer, but before I had so many (they'll hatch babies year round if you let them), they drank from regular rabbit bottles - the ones that hang on the cage and have the little balls in the stems to let the water flow. In the summer I put a large pan of water in their cage (about 2-3 inches deep, but not if there are chicks in there) and they'll all enjoy a bath. Captive doves are very trusting, so make sure yours are safe from cats and other predators! Good Luck!
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Ofer Ofer
First of all, don't completely spoil them. Their ancestors have lived in the wilderness for thousands of years without any help. They don't need a cuddle tent, etc. They won't play with toys. They DO like round perches however. I usually just pick up some branches from an ORGANIC apple orchard (pesticides will kill them), and they love them. A good food mix for ringnecks is black sunflower seeds, finch seed, white millet (some eat it, some won't) and split peas. I have to mix it myself because most food suppliers don't carry a mix like this. I have worked for about 5 years on a mixture that they will eat most of (instead of wasting 3/4s of it). They do not need a cuttle bone, they couldn't use it anyway. Most of them won't even touch fresh veggies. They do LOVE a bath! Leave a shallow (1 inch of water) pan in the sun in the bathroom or somewhere that can get wet and leave them to it. Make sure they have enough time to dry in the sun before it gets dark. Never use a hairdryer to dry them! Make sure they get out of the cage time to stretch their wings. They NEED to fly or they get fat and unhealthy and they enjoy it so why not? I hope this helps! Ringnecks are my favorite!
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Lauren Lauren
Millet and various other seeds are just fine for doves. Pet birds don't need grit- it can actually damage their crop from the inside. It's a very common misconception. Get several size perches to stretch/relax their foot muscles. They will also be on the cage floor quite a bit so get nice cage bedding for them. Doves do not need a cuttle bone;, which are used mainly to keep bird's beaks trimmed. They have different beaks than parrots and do not need it to keep it trimmed.
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Itiel Itiel
Gina, i'm hoping you may have better success than I did. I fed a baby mourning dove for 5 months due to the fact he absolutely had neurologic issues. He was once so sweet and so needy and that i knew he wasn't going to make it both. I suppose sure the moms and dads kicked him out of the nest and a coworker who knew i used to be a fowl breeder for many years brought him to me. I adored that little thing. I in the end needed to have him put down when he began having steady seizures that nothing would discontinue. I know he had a just right life with me, what there was of it, but it almost killed me. We have been collectively every day all day even as I typed. He ran across my desk and at night time we frolicked staring at tv collectively. It was once so empty with out him I needed to discover a breeder and get another child. This little one is healthy and we're bonding but nothing will change the first one. Hold in there. Use a little one bird system like Kaytee's designated.
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