Breeding, Diet, Housing, Health, Where to Buy, Raising, and More
by Lolly Brown
Doves and pigeons, both members of the Columbidae family of birds, have enjoyed a close relationship with man for centuries. Although technically the same animal, doves are smaller than pigeons and greatly beloved for their gentle, quiet nature. This text, aimed at the novice dove keeper, introduces the reader to not just the basics of dove husbandry, but also offers insight into the emotional life of these intelligent and loyal creatures. Thriving in bonded pairs of any gender combination, doves also develop a deep affection for their human keepers and need a real relationship with their people. With a projected lifespan of 20 years for Ring Neck Doves and 25 years for Diamond Doves, taking one of these birds into your life is a serious commitment. Doves kept as pets should never be released into the wild. Doing so is a sure death sentence for the birds because they lack the ability to fend for themselves or to avoid death by predation. No pet should be acquired as an impulse purchase. This book aims to help interested readers decide if doves are the right companion birds to fit into their lives and will guide first time owners through the minimum requirements for housing, diet, and care. Be forewarned, however. You may start slow, as the author recommends, with only single pair of doves, and then fall so completely in love you wind up with a whole flock! Dove personality, behavior, cages, temperament, communication, diet, nutrition, health, breeding, and more all covered!
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