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Some help giving Azzy his best life? -Ringneck Dove-

JJ_is_Not

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Hey hey,
So I'm just looking for some advice with Azzy, he's content but I'd like to make him as happy as I can, you know? I have a few questions and whatnot, but I have to kind of make a list because I'm bad a stringing my thoughts together coherently sometimes... sorry about that.

- I've considered getting him a companion, I haven't yet because I have some concerns. I've never had to introduce doves, and have no idea if he'll be happy or threatened or what really. I've had two bonded pairs in the past (when I was a kid), but we got them that way. Is there a proper way or a bad way to introduce doves?

-He has a pretty good cage now, but I don't know if I'd need a lot more room to put a second dove in? It's a rabbit cage customized for him, since doves need horizontal space instead of vertical.

-Lastly, he came from a bad place... I don't know what happened or if they just didn't care, but I do know they didn't care. My mother somehow heard that someone wanted to 'get rid of' a dove, called the woman, and was told to come get him. My mom left immediately and when she got to the address she found him in a small (maybe finch?) cage, on the porch, in the sun. It was hot out, and not covid times. He stayed with my mom for a bit, I set up a cage for him and brought him home.

I've been working for a long time just to convince him that I'm not after him every time I stick my hand in his cage. He's gotten to the point where, if I'm cleaning his cage, he knows I'm not going to touch him, so he's chill as long as he's watching me clean. The only time I am 'after him' is to move him to a temporary location while I deep clean his cage. I would love to be able to snuggle with him, or at least hang out with him and not make him nervous. So basically I need some advice on gaining more trust from him? I know doves aren't particularly intelligent, especially considering how smart most birds are, but he certainly remembers, and is maybe on his way to trust, but I don't know how to show him more obviously.

For the record, we are near him constantly, my partner is permanently disabled and I work overnight, so we spend quite a lot of time near him, talk to him and all that, I just want him to live his best life. Also, his favorite creature in our home is our kitten, Frankie, which is honestly perplexing and unhelpful in all the ways. ^_^ Thanks in advance for any help!

Oh yeah, and also, would introducing a companion make him less likely to care to learn to trust me? Or would it be helpful to see a bird that's more trusting (I hope)?
 

tjc

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I’m not familiar with Doves, except the ones in my backyard, but thank you for giving him a good home. Others will be coming with knowledge and answers.
 

Pat H

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Do you coo at him? Ours is a Mourning Dove, so not really the same... But still would consider somewhat similar, the two breeds...
How long have you had him now?

We rescued our baby at about 1 1/2 wks old, after the nest was accidentally destroyed by workers. She reacts differently w/ my husband and I when we put our hands into the cage. Tho I'm the one to feed and clean, he holds her alot more tightly, snuffles in her chest [makes noises and kisses], and just interacts so differently than I do. It's just a matter of time...
But I would guess you might not be able to have that kind of intimacy w/ your dove, since he was wild instead of hand fed.

It's so sad [and MAKES ME ANGRY] when people treat our God Given Animals with that kind of disrespect and negligence...
 

JJ_is_Not

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I’m not familiar with Doves, except the ones in my backyard, but thank you for giving him a good home. Others will be coming with knowledge and answers.
Thank you ^_^
He's not our first critter from a bad situation, I just love them all.
 

JJ_is_Not

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Do you coo at him? Ours is a Mourning Dove, so not really the same... But still would consider somewhat similar, the two breeds...
How long have you had him now?

We rescued our baby at about 1 1/2 wks old, after the nest was accidentally destroyed by workers. She reacts differently w/ my husband and I when we put our hands into the cage. Tho I'm the one to feed and clean, he holds her alot more tightly, snuffles in her chest [makes noises and kisses], and just interacts so differently than I do. It's just a matter of time...
But I would guess you might not be able to have that kind of intimacy w/ your dove, since he was wild instead of hand fed.

It's so sad [and MAKES ME ANGRY] when people treat our God Given Animals with that kind of disrespect and negligence...
I FORGOT ----- WELCOME to the Avenue!!! :bounce4:
Thank you! ^_^

I don't coo at him, my mum does. I do kind of sing at him softly, and there are songs that he sings back to (There's a girl on youtube, I swear he adores her, she created fan songs about a livestreaming D&D game that I watch and he always sings back at her. I'd be curious if your dove would too... her name is Lilli Furfaro, if you want to try ^_^)
We've had him for... about a year and a half.

He wasn't wild, the woman had other doves, and I'm not sure why she just had to get rid of him immediately, but she was clearly not a great person. I think she was a baby from her doves and she just didn't want him. I know we may not ever cuddle really, but I just want him to know I'm not going to do something awful if I touch him. I'm so glad you were able to save your baby, though ^_^

Yes, I get VERY angry when animals are treated badly. My pets are my babies and disrespect is not tolerated.
 

conureluv

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A cage tour would be nice. What do you feed him? Although I’m not an expert on doves, I think I could bring some assistance in those fields.
The best of luck with Azzy and welcome to the Avenue! :cheer:
 

Monaco

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@Sodapop&Co. Might have some insights for you.

Welcome to the avenue!
 

JJ_is_Not

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A cage tour would be nice. What do you feed him? Although I’m not an expert on doves, I think I could bring some assistance in those fields.
The best of luck with Azzy and welcome to the Avenue! :cheer:
Thank you! I will do a cage tour sometime, sure. He eats a dove and pigeon diet... I can't remember the name atm, but I'll look when I get home from work. I have tried giving him little pieces of fruits and veggies, but he's been completely uninterested. He is fond of millet, no surprise there though.

@Sodapop&Co. Might have some insights for you.

Welcome to the avenue!
Thank you ^_^ I appreciate it~
 
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