The diamond dove is one of the small birds that is easy to care for so it has quickly become a favorite of individuals who are embarking on a domestic bird adoption. Its bluish gray plumage with the exception of the belly which remains white makes it one of the most beautiful birds that can be welcomed in the home of a private individual. Its height of twenty centimeters will require an adequate cage.
A simple feeding
The diamond dove does not require much effort in terms of food. Its food is mostly seeds but it has a preference for small seeds such as millet which is round. The canary, of larger size, is less appreciated. It is therefore necessary to try to vary the mixtures in order to bring different carbohydrates while pleasing him. Contrary to other birds, they do not appreciate fruits so much that they give up. Food supplements prescribed by the veterinarian will then be essential to avoid the vitamin deficiencies that this diet can cause.
This bird appreciates egg pâté on the condition that it is fairly fatty because dry food is not very successful. In the same way, it will not peck the cuttlefish bones very much so it will be preferable to offer it aniseed sand which it particularly likes. This food also brings calcium in sufficient quantity as well as other vitamins useful for the good functioning of the body of the diamond dove.
A real need for space
For his home, we must imagine the size of the bird in relation to a cage. This restricted space will have the effect of making him fearful because he will not be able to move as he wishes. An aviary is widely recommended in order to enjoy a happy bird that has the necessary space to fly. If the space is too small, the feathers will start to get damaged and the colors will tarnish. It will then be necessary to react immediately and invest in a more appropriate place. If the bird is content to walk at the bottom of the cage, it is because the place does not please him.
If possible, an aviary one meter long by one meter wide will be ideal, provided the owner has room for such a facility. The diamond dove should not be adopted at random and it is really necessary to ask if the necessary surface can be offered to it. The aviary can be indoor or outdoor, but it must always be protected from draughts and be dry. Perches can be installed so that the diamond dove can change its point of view regularly.
Preparing your purchase
The diamond dove is one of the fairly common species so it is not uncommon for individuals who have had a brood at home to give chicks at a lower cost. Even if this formula may seem interesting, it will be preferable to choose a recognized breeder to make this purchase. The professional will have monitored the reproduction, the brooding and will know how the egg has evolved and if the animal is in good health. Its diet for the first few months and the precise date of its weaning will be important information to gather.
It is important to know that the sex of this type of bird is very difficult to determine so even if a particular sex is promised at the time of purchase, it may not be the right one. It is not uncommon to adopt a couple if purchased in pairs, which can lead to significant breeding. This should be taken into account at the time of purchase and the number of birds that will be collected from the person’s home should be determined immediately. If she wishes to have young, nothing can completely assure her that she will indeed have a couple at her disposal.
A very pleasant bird
The diamond dove is a calm and quiet species so it makes an excellent companion for individuals who love birds but don’t want too much excitement. Their beauty can be observed for long hours even if some will regret not hearing a melodious song. Very sociable, they can easily join an aviary that has other birds of different species. The Diamond Dove is able to get along with all her friends. This aspect is interesting for bird lovers who appreciate having very different breeds because their appearance changes.
The babies of the diamond doves grow rapidly because they are able to leave the nest as early as eleven days. In fact, at this age, they have already changed their diet and feed on seeds. The weaning is therefore finished and they can either be kept in a large enough cage or aviary or sold to someone who is looking for young diamond doves to enjoy their growth and the maximum number of years together.