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Dove is a very picky eater

post #1 of 5
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Hello everyone, I have one ringnecks dove that I rescued a while back and everything is fine except one thing, he is the pickiest eater. I have tried all kinds of food ( quail&dove mix, parakeet&cockateil, finch, wild bird even parrot) but for all the foods he just picks out a few seeds and tosses or leaves behind 90% of the mix. The dove&quail mix was mostly, red and white milo and wheat which reading about doves and talking to many people I thought would be a hit with him but I think it was the least successful, I don't think he ate any of it. He was eating small sunflower seeds out of one of the mixes but tosses it out of another. I don't know what to try anymore. People have suggested crushed dog food, any thoughts on that ? People have also suggested only feeding the dove and quail mix and eventually he will learn to eat it, I don't know about that .... Unless this has worked for others on here.

Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated Thanks
post #2 of 5

You are over feeding it.

 

Its not hungry so its only picking out the seeds it likes the best.

 

Only put a spoon full of seed mix in the feeder and don't add any more until most of it is eaten.

 

It will get hungry and eat the other seeds.

post #3 of 5

PS  Make sure its  a proper sized seed mix... parrot seed mix will have large seeds that the dove can not eat.

 

Get a cockatiel seed mix or proper dove mix.

 

You should also provide small bird grit and crushed oyster shell in a separate pot... and give the dove a multi vitamin in the drinking water a couple times a week.

 

Taking it outside to sunbath in natural light is also great for its health as it gets vitamin D from the sunlight and this helps its body take up calcium and keeps its feathers in good condition..

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Originally Posted by jak2002003 View Post

PS  Make sure its  a proper sized seed mix... parrot seed mix will have large seeds that the dove can not eat.

Get a cockatiel seed mix or proper dove mix.

You should also provide small bird grit and crushed oyster shell in a separate pot... and give the dove a multi vitamin in the drinking water a couple times a week.

Taking it outside to sunbath in natural light is also great for its health as it gets vitamin D from the sunlight and this helps its body take up calcium and keeps its feathers in good condition..
I have given it both cockatiel and a dove mix and both times it was the same thing, only picking out a few seeds
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I have given it both cockatiel and a dove mix and both times it was the same thing, only picking out a few seeds

Good...

 

like I say only have one small pot of feed.. with one spoonful of seed in it.  Don't refill it until its nearly empty. 

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