Dove without tail feathers

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by poultrycrazy, May 3, 2011.

  1. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a dove that flew into our garage and after we tired it out my dad went to grab it and it pulled and out came all its tail feathers except 2. I want holding it since it landed on the ground and i took it outside and it flew away a long ways and landed in a tree . Will it be ok?
     
  2. Luthien

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    As long as it can still fly it will be just fine. The tail feathers will grow back just like our hair does when we cut it, if it can get away from predators and find food it will be fine.
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    It should be fine, I did that once with an escapee of mine [​IMG] It still took me 2 or 3 days to catch the sucker and he flew just as good before the feather loss as he did after. It will take 4-6 weeks for them to fully grow back.
     
  4. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks i was just worried that there tail feathers were important to there flying or something
     
  5. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It is important. It's harder on birds to fly without a tail, so it'll probably tire out more quickly than normal and they won't be able to evade predators as well.
     
  6. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well i ould have kept it till the feathers were grown back if it couldnt fly or it couldnt fly well, but when it flew it took off fast and for a lond ways so i will just have to hope it will be ok.
     
  7. Mary Of Exeter

    Mary Of Exeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah they can still fly, so he should be okay. He would have freaked out in captivity anyway.
     
  8. Lofty Dreams

    Lofty Dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have pulled of the tail of one of my birds it grew back in a few weeks. It should be fine.
     

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