MAKE YOUR DOVE COME TO YOU BY TRAINING IT.
I'll teach you the most fundamental thing in this guide, but it will take some work. When you "signal" a dove to come to you, we'll teach it to do so.
Doves prefer sunflower seeds, millet, milo, cracked corn, and wheat, so providing various grains and seeds is a surefire way to draw them in. These larger birds prefer to feed on the ground or in large, secure tray or platform feeders with plenty of areas to perch.
Gaining the dove's trust is the first and frequently most difficult stage. Food and friendliness are the most effective ways to achieve this. As a result, you must ensure that the dove is famished.
However, I am not recommending that you put their health at risk in any manner. For a few hours, I take their meals away from them. Then, with birdseed in my palm, I put my hand in the cage.
For a while, place a handful of food in the cage—approximately 5 minutes. Then, simply our hand motionless in there. Finally, the dove will swivel its head to look at your hand.
Your goal is to get the dove used to your hand so that it will approach it and consume the seed. It's unlikely to happen on the first try, much less on the first day.
With your fist full of seed in the cage after around five minutes. The session will come to an end. After about an hour, give them their food dish and allow them to eat as much as they like. Then give it another shot the next day.
It all depends on the dove. This could last days, if not weeks. However, it will eventually eat from your hand. Allow it to eat once it has done so. Then, wait a few moments before re-entering the cage with your palm-full of seed.
This time, however, we'll include a vital step. When you put a handful of seeds into the machine, eat out of your hand while you wait for it to arrive. Then, every few seconds, give your hand a small shake.
The seed in your palm rattles and makes a small sound when you shake your hand. The sound of the seed rattling and the handshaking will indicate that it will come to you later.
It comes to your hand every time. By gently pushing upon its chest with the side of your finger, you can get it to step into your index finger. It will land on your finger. Allow it to eat from your palm.
It's always your goal to make the dove feel at ease around you. Allow it to perch on your finger and become acquainted with your friendliness. This is crucial for the following step.
The next step is to fly to you. It will eventually walk to your hand on a table and stay there. Shake your seed-filled hand a few inches from the table's edge. It will eventually "hop" to you if you have patience.
It will eventually do this regularly. Remove yourself from the situation as much as possible. Allow it to discover that your finger is available for it to settle on. It'll take some time and perseverance. But it'll get there eventually.
Shaking your empty palm will eventually be enough to summon it. Still, the sound of the seed is very encouraging at the beginning. When they do come to you, don't be surprised. Be cordial to him.
We are a small-scale local dove breeder based in Elmont, Long Island, New York. We develop our growing dove breeding business from our backyard, which means that without intermediaries, we sell doves that we have raised since they were babies.