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Baby dove feeding?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by lightchick, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    I just found a baby dove on the ground and I would of left it but it seems to be very weak and it's crop is empty. I used to breed pigeons so I know something about care but not much. Will feeding it gamebird starter work? I also have layer feed.
    I was thinking of feeding crushed starter with a little water, yogurt and vitamins. That's what I give my coturnix chicks so I'm assuming that will work. Any other advice? Not sure about the age.
     
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  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Here a pic. Do I need to warm to mixture up beforehand? The baby is under a heatlamp.
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  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    That mix sounds fine. I use only chicken chick starter mixed with warm water.

    Yes, its best to warm the mixture first... not too hot! If too hot it will burn the crop, and if too cold it will chill the bird or cause slow crop.. where the feed it digested too slowly and blocks up the crop.

    I found it a really good idea to mix in some stewed apples with the mix if the birds crop is slow to empty.

    Good luck!

    And remember only to feed it when the crop is empty... don't add new food on top of the old stuff.. or can get bacteria growing in the crop.
     
  4. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for the info! How old do you think it is?
     
  5. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I would guess 3 to 4 weeks.
     
  6. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks! That's was what I was thinking.
     
  7. cannandale440

    cannandale440 New Egg

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    Can you help me with my baby dove
     
  8. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I have had luck feeding young squabs with raw chicken eggs warmed up to body temperature. For the first week. Then a warm mixture of chicken pellets dissolved into a fine paste. Then once the feathers start to appear 2+- week whole seeds or pellets.

    This link has several suggestions on the delivery of food to a squab.

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=feeding++squabs
     
  9. hixz

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    Ok I don't know how to post anyway I found a baby dove in my park there were two one could fly the other can't I caught the small baby and I'm not sure how to care for it. He can't eat or drink on his own. His 2 weeks old I think so. What should I do?
     

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