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lionroar0 lionroar0 is offline
Posted 29th June 2019, 09:13 PM
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Dove making a rough sound


Hello

I hope this the right forum. I have this dove for about 2 months. I started noticing that he's now making this rough sound. I'm not sure if this is normal or something that I should take him to see a vet for? I'm at St. Petersburg Florida,United Stated of America.

He doesn't seem to be losing weight and seems to be eating normally.
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Posted 30th June 2019, 04:54 AM
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Is this a domestic ring neck dove or a wild species?
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Posted 30th June 2019, 05:49 AM
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He's not a ring neck dove. He's a wild species
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Posted 30th June 2019, 06:10 AM
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He's a mourning dove
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 30th June 2019, 08:08 AM
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When they mature, the voice changes. In a pigeon, the squeaking changes to a cooing sound. In the beginning it sounds quite strange, funny actually. Does this happen when he tries to coo? If so, then I don't think you have something to worry about.
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Posted 30th June 2019, 08:19 AM
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He's probably somewhere about 3 and 1/2 months old. I will keep my on him or her. How would I know if he's trying to coo? Is there something kind of physical sign that I can look for? Never done this before.
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Posted 30th June 2019, 08:51 AM
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How long would it take his voice to change?
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Marina B Marina B is offline
Posted 30th June 2019, 10:36 PM
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Two weeks maybe? If they coo, they take a deep breath and bent forward and make the sound, puffing up the chest area. Then your's must be a male.
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Hello

I hope this the right forum. I have this dove for about 2 months. I started noticing that he's now making this rough sound. I'm not sure if this is normal or something that I should take him to see a vet for? I'm at St. Petersburg Florida,United Stated of America.

He doesn't seem to be losing weight and seems to be eating normally.
The thing is , wild doves are protected under the migratory bird act, so it is illegal to keep one as a pet, if you are going to release it, as you should, it has to be done properly by a licensed wildlife rehabber. You need to find one and relinquish it to them, a vet is instructed to euthanize un-releasable wild birds, unless they can be used in an education program... I know pretty severe and I don’t agree with it , but that’s the law.

I have seen releases done as a soft release if you have a bird feeder and they can be fed outdoors, and then they can join a flock or find another dove to hang with, their wild instincts come back pretty quick even if hand raised.

For domestics this is not the case, but pigeons can go feral pretty quickly depending on the bird, fancy breeds of pigeons would not survive long, so our domestic birds are different if it was hand raised.
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Posted 1st July 2019, 05:45 AM
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oh wow. I had no idea. I'll look for a rehabbed in my area.
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Posted 1st July 2019, 05:47 AM
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It haven't seen it do that. Could it be that mine is a female? I read that the female's usually don't coo.
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Posted 1st July 2019, 08:26 AM
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Females are usually more quiet than the males and their call is not so strong as that of the male.
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