My parents have recently bought 4 doves (2 male, 2 female), they're intended to be mating pairs but did not arrive already coupled. I believe they weren't housed together previously. The supplier believed the birds would be fairly tame but it doesn't appear that way. We are currently in week 2 of keeping them contained in a net surrounding their dove cote (for a total of 5 weeks). On the day of their arrival one of the birds ate seed out of my hand (despite it being available in a feeder) and the others did not shy away. However, since then they have become more withdrawn despite the fact that I, and my mother, have been making a daily effort to spend time within the net. They appear interested but shy away in the cote whenever we enter the net. Can anyone help? Should I now try and hold them (which I haven't up until now)?