Dove is a very picky eater

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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
 

jak2002003

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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.
 

jak2002003

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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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Jan 2, 2014
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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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