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Dove nutrition!

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Quailchild, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. Quailchild

    Quailchild Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 10, 2013
    1:) Can anyone recommend brands of seed/mix that is best for Doves? particularly diamonds. I've had a few recommended, but was curious of your collective inpit

    2:) Besides the seed filler, what natural foods have you found your doves to like? 9Fruits and veggies, etc)

    3: Any nutritional drops/Suppliments I should be aware of?

    Thanks everyone. been researching/looking into getting a few Diamond doves for a while now :)
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    I feed my pigeons Layer pellets.
    When they need extra protein I feed meat builder pellets.
    In your case you might try the crumbles instead where they are a bit smaller bird.
    It works for me and the birds seem healthy and happy.
  3. midge0413

    midge0413 New Egg

    Nov 13, 2013
    We have doves and quail together and feed chicken scratch and game bird starter... Worked well for 3 years
  4. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009

    The size of the grains is too large. The doves will not be able to eat it and will starve.

    Diamond doves will enjoy a finch seed mix, or a budgie seed mix.

    You also should feed a fine size bird grit, and crushed up cuttle fish bone / egg shells (for calcium)

    If you birds are housed indoors - add vitamin to the drinking water 2 or 3 times a week.

    If they are in an outdoor aviary with natural sunlight and a dirt floor you don't need to add the vitamins so often as they get vitamin D from sunlight.

    That is all they need.

    You can try chopped up dark green leafy vegetables, but mine never eat it - even though they get a veg mix every day as the zebra finches love it.

    I found one pair of mine liked to eat chicken chick starter crumble when they were raising their own chicks as well as the normal food. But other pairs never eat it.
  5. mamabigbird

    mamabigbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Vancouver Island, B.C.,
    I have a ring neck dove. We had a cockatiel so the dove got cockatiel food and still does. He doesn't eat all of it but picks through for his favorite bits. He loves millet sticks, popcorn chopped up into small bits, thawed out frozen corn. grated carrots(one of his favorites), and sunflower seeds if I peel them for him first. He is an indoor bird but I've never given him vitamins. Maybe I should start.
    He is nine years old and appears pretty healthy.

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