How Much Do Doves Cost?
Doves are one of the many species of birds that can be kept as pets. In addition, there is a wide variety of pet doves from which you can choose. Doves come in different species, sizes and colors that simply enthrall all those who see them. Doves by nature are very gentle and tranquil birds that make cooing sounds to make their presence felt. Because of their loving nature, doves are used as symbol for the universal sign of peace. In the same way, many people like to have doves as pets for the tranquility it brings to households.
Doves are mostly sold in pet stores and from breeders, depending on the specie and rarity. If you want the elegantly classic or rare breed, most probably can only be found in bird clubs or through breeders for a steep amount.
How much does it cost?
- The two most common types of dove species are the Ringneck and Diamond; these are the species you would most often find at your local pet store.
- One local pet store, StrombergsChickens.com, sells many different specimens of more than 40 varieties of more widely-known doves. Ring neck doves which are 1-2 years of age or younger are sold for $30 to $32.50. Diamond doves cost a little bit more and sell for $45 to $110. The diamond doves at this site are aged three years or younger. They also have a high-end breed classified as Crested Dove which sells for $270.
- With breeders, the prices are a bit high especially for special breeds, but most also sell the common varieties such as Ringnecks for an average of $15 to $30. Diamonds, on the other hand, retail for $30 to $100
- Another breeder, Zebrafinch.com sells special exotic breeds including the colorful and easy-to-breed Indian Greenwing Dove for $350 per pair; a rare colored Indian Bluewing Dove at $200 each and the Mountain Witch are sold for $500 per pair. These are unique for their fantastic colors and unique walking habit. Zebrafinch also sell beautiful Bartletts Bleeding Heart doves for $350 each for the young and $400 each for the older ones.
- White Zebra Doves can retail $300 each, per bird.
- Overall, you can plan on spending anywhere from $30 to $500 depending on the specific breed you would like to purchase.
What is going to be included?
- Most breeders only ship to your post office, and you will therefore need to pick up the doves from there.
- If your bird is a specialty breed that has been bred by a private breeder, you should receive papers confirming the quality of the bird.
What are the extra costs?
- Online store prices usually do not include shipping and this will be added during the checkout process. Shipping prices can be around $50 to $75 for 1 to 2 doves.
- When buying doves, other costs for shelter, food, toys and veterinary services should also be factored in. A cage, for example, can retail for $40 to $250 depending on the size. It is best to factor in at least $300 to $500 for just the startup costs alone.
Factors that influence the price:
- The purpose for which the doves are primarily going to be used could dictate the market price for the doves. Show quality doves naturally cost more. The most common ones command the least in terms of prices. Doves used for weddings and special occasions may cost a bit more than the common pet doves since its use in weddings is quite popular.
- The rarer the bird and its colors, the more it will cost. Purchasing any species from a private breeder will be more expensive than a local pet store.
Tips to know:
- Pet stores give a delivery period of 2-4 weeks approximate waiting time. You will be advised at least a week before when the doves will be available for pick up at the Post Office.
- Because of the nature of doves, most experts say that it is best for the birds to purchase them in pairs. This will give your pets a companion instead of being lonely in the cage.
- Doves can live 15-20 years, so make sure you are willing to make a long-term commitment before you purchase a dove.
How can I save money?
- Do not fall immediately to the temptation to buy a low-priced bird. Be sure to compare prices with various pet stores and breeders for the same variety and colors of dove so you can compare and get the best quality for the price.
- Shipping a larger number will cost less than shipping in one’s or two’s, so if you know a neighbor or friend who is interested, ordering at the same time will cut back on costs.
- Find a local pet shop that offers doves for sale. This will save you the inconvenience of having to pick up the birds from the post office, and it will also save you money on shipping charges.
- It may be possible to find a bird owner who needs to get rid of a dove. Also, look for used equipment such as cages, swings, etc., online or in garage sales to save yourself money.