They are white ringnecks, I think. They do not have a skin patch
around the eye, it's all feather.
Funny, the first egg was soft shelled- the second egg they laid
feels harder today... Am I just mistaken that they are soft
shelled? I candled the one they laid three days ago, and their is a
good sized yolk, however their is a marbled look to them. The first
egg she laid three days ago felt soft and plyable, when I candled
them today they both look and feel harder.
Am I going crazy... o_0*
On 5/03/05, Michael L wrote:
> On 5/03/05, Stacy wrote:
>> Anywho, I have a pair of doves that have tried to mate. the
>> female laid eggs, but it seemed to early (less then three-four
>> days) for them to be fertile. My issue is they are soft shelled.
>> This worries me- I have had this pair for only a couple weeks,
>> and I am afraid that they have not had enough calcium. Is there
>> a way to get them back on track, or should I just let them chew
>> their cuttlebones and keep offering them eggs?
>> I just want it to be too much or too late, and I can hardly
>> find any e-reading to help me with this problem, and others.
>> What do they eat other then seeds? Can they eat the same people
>> food that parrots can (veggies, whole grain bread, onions,
>> everything but the avacodo)?
>> I am concerned about this because of my inexperience with this
>> type of bird.
> Soft shelled eggs are a sure sign that the hen is lacking in
> calcium. There are a couple of things you can provide to make it
> First there are foods that are rich in calcium such as broccoli,
> kale, collards, mustard and turnip greens. If you chop these
> fine they will usually eat them.
> Cuttlebone isn't good in it's natural state because doves usually
> won't eat it from the hard piece. You can scrape it over any of
> the soft foods that you feed them as it will stick to these foods
> and be taken in that way. Putting it over seed is worthless as
> it falls to the bottom of the dish.
> You can also grind the egg shells from hard cooked eggs and blend
> them right back into the chopped eggs.
> Another easy way is to provide a calcium supplement right into
> the drinking water. A favorite of mine is Calciboost from the
> Birdcare Company.
> Also, mineral grit and oyster shell should be available at all
> times as doves need this to help digest their food.
> You mention onion...that is not a food that is recommended for
> any bird. But the whole grain bread and veggies are great.
> Are these the ringneck doves or are they diamond?
> Michael L