Diamond Dove losing feathers around neck

by Christine
(Poughkeepsie, NY USA)

Neck of our Dove

Neck of our Dove

Hello, Thank you for any help you can provide my family. We have recently purchased two Diamond Doves approx. two months ago. Today we noticed that one of our dove's neck is completely bare of feathers, and very red looking, almost like it is bleeding.

Our doves have been very aggressive with each other yesterday and today, pecking each other. We also noticed yesterday that two small eggs were laid over the past day or two, but unfortunately they were broken at the bottom of the cage. We removed them as soon as we noticed.

What could be a reason for the doves being so aggressive with each other? We assume that the mating happened very recently. We are concerned about our dove's neck and the loss of feathers. Any advice you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

Diamond Dove owners in New York

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Aug 15, 2011
doves
by: Anahi

Im having a similar problem as well, my two doves got along well until 2 days ago one started pecking at the others neck, I dont understand why, they have a big cage and they were fine before. Im wondering what happened

May 10, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Maybe it got out of the cage and banged into something I got 1 and it got out and hurt it self

May 19, 2010
Trying to figure out if I have 2 males or a male and female?
by: Teresa Nelson, Lake Worth, Florida

They seem to want to be together.
However, one of ours also is losing its' feathers
around the neck.

They do act differently though.

Only one of them spreads its' tail feathers and bends over.
They both get on top of each other's backs.

I have a large bird aviary. So, what I have been doing is rotating them. One in the cage while
the other one flys around the aviary.
When one is in the cage, the other one tries to
get to it.

At night, they will actually sleep side by side
in the aviary without attacking each other.

should I continue to keep them seperated?

Thank you.

May 03, 2010
Diamond Dove losing feathers around neck
by: Linda

Separate the two birds into two cages immediately. The one being picked on will be killed if you do not act fast. The fact is that both could be females, and if your cage is too small, one will kill the other. It can also just be that cage is too small, and crowding causes aggression to the death.If bird were taken out of a large flight aviary and put into a smaller cage, this is the problem. These birds needs lots and lots of room to fly.

I just finished answering a question about Zebra finches, and I'll go over space needs with you as well. Doves, even little Diamond Doves, need a lot of horizontal space to fly back and forth in. They need say in the ball park of a 5 foot long/wide cage, and the width is more important than is the height, making sure bar spacing is correct for their size. Birds do not naturally fly up except for very short distances. They get the most exercise from flying horizontally, and so you will need to take a look at your caging and see if that could be part of the problem.

TAKE YOUR HURT BIRD TO AN AVIAN VET IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU SEPARATE THESE TWO BIRDS BECAUSE WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IS BLOOD, AND THE OTHER DOVE WILL KILL THIS ONE SHORTLY.

Try either buying or building a much larger cage where there are multiple feeding/watering stations--stations on each side of cage is good as it gets birds away from each other.

Birds are also like humans in that they just don't like all birds just like we don't like all humans.

Try a breeding supply company as they usually have the welded wire cages, and most are longer than they are high. You can make one yourself using 1/4" hardware cloth and special pliers to close the rings. Some of the supply companies also sell just the wire and bottoms. These two birds may need other mates because this drawing blood right away is not looking too good for them ever being together.

SO, SEPARATE THEM INTO TWO CAGES IMMEDIATELY, TAKE THE HURT ONE TO AVIAN VET AND DISCUSS THIS WITH THEM. DO NOT PUT THESE TWO BIRDS BACK TOGETHER UNLESS YOU HAVE A MUCH LARGER CAGE FOR THEM, AND ACTUALLY I DOUBT IF THESE TWO WILL EVER BE SAFE TOGETHER.

Let us know what is happening here, and thanks for writing,
Linda

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